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Emily Logan, Commissioner for Human Rights and Equality, launched our Research ‘Holding the Suffering’ which was undertaken by Dr. Ann Higgins and Ruth Burke of Mary Immaculate College. This Research, funded by St. Stephen’s Green Trust, took two years to complete.
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Voices of Families Affected by Imprisonment
Imprisonment of a family member has a significant impact on those left outside. Even though they have not committed a crime, family members can feel stigmatised and shamed and carry huge emotional and health costs. Families deserve support in their own right, a support which is tailored to their own needs.
Supporting families is also crime prevention. Much research shows that having a parent involved in crime is a strong risk factor for the child becoming involved in crime. Supporting children and teenagers when a parent goes into prison can help to interrupt the cycle of inter-generational criminal activity.
This research provided the Project with a springboard to begin two new initiatives following its launch in Feb 2008. These new initiatives were working with children and training in family support and crisis intervention.