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Christ Church Cathedral Backdrop for Lightshow Highlighting Domestic Violence Campaign

Christ Church Cathedral Backdrop for Lightshow Highlighting Domestic Violence Campaign
Cupid by Ellen McDermott was one of the images projected onto Christ Church Cathedral on Nollaig na mBan.

Christ Church Cathedral was one of the landmark buildings chosen to be a backdrop for a light show on Nollaig na mBan (December 6) which launched a new campaign on domestic violence.

As the Christmas lights were switched off and decorations packed away, Safe Ireland turned the spotlight on domestic violence and what can be done to make Ireland a safer place for women and children in 2021.

Safe Ireland has partnered with award–winning creatives Herstory and film director Marion Bergin for the Mother and Child campaign. The campaign features a powerful new one minute film advert that depicts the shrinking world of a woman and child living with control and abuse. You can watch the film here.

The darkness of the film is complemented with a standout Herstory light show, illuminating landmark buildings like the GPO and Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin with images that celebrate the diversity, strength, autonomy and resilience of women in Ireland today. The light show features images from the award winning photographer Ellen McDermott, a dynamic new photographic series by photographer Myriam Riand and conceptual artist Áine O’Brien and the powerful new Safe Ireland advert created by Marion Bergin.

Safe Ireland observes that at the centre of Christmas are a mother and child. However, Christmas is a highly stressful time for those living with an abuser and new lockdown restrictions add to concerns that women and children may be further entrapped for an extended period of time.

“We believe we have a real chance to change the relentless cycle of violence and abuse this year. We made really significant strides in 2020 in raising public and political consciousness about the dangers for women and children trapped with abusers. In 2021, we can do even more to transform how we all understand and respond to the scourge of domestic abuse,” Safe Ireland says.

You can learn more about the campaign on the Safe Ireland website: https://www.safeireland.ie/


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