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The role of paramilitary punishment attacks and intimidation in death by suicide in post agreement Northern Ireland

Mallon, Sharon (2017). The role of paramilitary punishment attacks and intimidation in death by suicide in post agreement Northern Ireland. In: Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS), 21 Jun 2017.

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Abstract

The signing of the Good Friday agreement effectively brought an end to the widespread violence associated with the ‘Troubles’. However, communities within Northern Ireland continue to be blighted by an insidious form of violence in the form of punishment beatings and intimidation. Anecdotal evidence published in news media have linked cases of such intimidation and violence to individual cases of suicide. However, to date, there has been a lack of empirical research examining this relationship. The aim of this seminar is to address this gap in our knowledge by examining these forms of violence among a cohort of individuals who died by suicide in Northern Ireland. Using data collected from Coroners and GP files and during interviews with family members, we use a modified version of the psychological autopsy method to explore how intimidation and/or beatings, at or around the time of the death, may have contributed to the suicides of individuals who died over a two-year period. We explore some of the specific features of these deaths and examine associated help seeking with primary care and other mental health professionals. We conclude by exploring ways in which this challenging issue might be tackled at a policy level.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
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Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Understanding SuicideNot SetPublic Health Agency
Keywords: suicide; paramilitary punishment beatings; Northern Ireland
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
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Item ID: 56119
Depositing User: Sharon Mallon
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2018 07:14
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 10:42
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/56119
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