A hard-hitting campaign about the brutal reality of so-called paramilitary style attacks will re-launch tonight (Monday 4 January).
The “Ending The Harm” campaign, which is part of the NI Executive Programme for Tackling Paramilitarism, Criminality and Organised Crime, is aimed at highlighting the devastating impact of paramilitary style attacks on victims, their families, local communities and wider society.
Outdoor advertising and social media have been running the last few weeks of December in the build towards the re-launch of the four TV ads.
The TV advertisements tell the story of a paramilitary style shooting from the points of view of the four people involved: the victim, his mother, the paramilitary gang member and a witness.
The outdoor and social media materials feature an image of a badly beaten man to portray the fact that paramilitary style attacks also include serious assaults. The outdoors and social media advertising are encouraging people to visit a bespoke campaign website, www.endingtheharm.com to get the full story. The website also contains a number of sections including some real-life stories and information on where people can go for help and support.
Justice Minister, Naomi Long, said: “In the 11 month period from January until November 2020, 50 people were victims of paramilitary style attacks. That’s 11 people who were shot; and 39 people who were assaulted. Indeed, in the last five years, 389 people have endured these barbaric shootings and beatings.
“There is no place for this abuse in our community. It is brutal, barbaric and utterly unjustifiable.
“These figures are even more incredible when we consider the Covid-19 pandemic, where our NHS and key services are already working at or beyond their capacity, having to also treat victims of these terrible attacks. We are launching this TV campaign because the toll these attacks take on our society cannot be ignored. This abuse of individuals and wider communities by these so called paramilitaries must stop. We encourage people to support the campaign and help by spreading awareness, to highlight the injustice and barbarity of such attacks and call out on this type of abuse and activity.”
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