On Thursday 9 January, #TeamMDX put on a powerful display in the Quad in remembrance of the 111 females killed in the past year as a result of violence by men in the UK.
In support of the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, MDX Lecturer in Forensic Psychology-Criminology Mia Scally, who has extensively researched domestic violence, organised the shoe installation to show her support for the campaign.
The event featured emotive quotes from survivors of domestic violence taken from media reports and research by Mia Scally into victims’ experience of the family court system.
“I can’t really fully explain the effect he had on us all, he essentially turned us all into ghosts of ourselves because we were all walking on eggshells around him.” – Domestic violence victim
Nia, a London-based domestic and sexual violence charity, who has found that since 2015 more than 500 women were murdered following violence by males. This figure is almost certainly higher because not every crime is reported or recorded and some cases may involve ongoing prosecutions.
“Repeated system failures and societal expectations are contributing to women dying.” Says Mia.
“On average a women will experience 35 incidents before calling the police. We can all help in reducing gender-based violence: this is not the responsibility of women alone. Society has a role to play as well! It is time we open our eyes.”
On the day, students and staff were invited to leave clothes in the Quad for females at the local Solace Women’s Aid refuge, who received an incredible response with more than a dozen packed bin bags donated. As well as a separate JustGiving page being created, where people could give money to the refuge.
The United Nations Secretary-General’s UNITE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign calls for global actions to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovations.
If you are experiencing violence or abuse of any kind, please do let someone know.
You can contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 02071868270 or 08009702070 (press option 1).