Communicating the legacy of child abuse and helping victims heal

"Between 1869 and 1969, over 100,000 children were committed to Catholic residential Industrial Schools in Ireland, where they suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Associate Professor Emilie Pine led a multi-faceted programme to conduct a systematic analysis of how the system of abuse operated.

This research combined humanities-led inquiry and digital technologies to produce new knowledge of the scale and complexity of institutional abuse. Through media and educational strategies, Dr Pine and her collaborators have extended this knowledge into a deeper societal understanding of the issue.

This work has also helped victims heal, especially through Survivor’s Stories, a project strand that preserves the memories of victims of abuse.

Dr Pine currently advises the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on dealing with institutional history."