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21 October - 17 November
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Surviving a Murder in the Family

Challenges for Prevention and Recovery

A photograph of James Raymond Vail

What’s on offer?

What is it like to lose a family member to a preventable murder? Survivors and professionals speak about prevention and recovery challenges.

What’s it about?

Join this moving ESRC Festival of Social Science event and hear from parents Bonnie and Ray Vail, whose son James was murdered in 2010 - a murder which the authorities should have prevented as they knew a highly dangerous predator was at large and pursuing their son. Bonnie and Ray will be joined by psychologists Linda and Rod Dubrow-Marshall, from the University of Salford, to discuss how they  have dealt with this unthinkably terrible tragedy and their campaign for reforms in the criminal justice system. Forensic psychologist Helen Hart will talk about creative ways in which surviving family members from the Manchester Arena bombing have been helped since 2017. An interactive discussion will take place where all present can contribute their ideas and experiences on the future prevention of such atrocities and approaches to recovery for all affected.

Who’s leading the event?

Linda and Rod Dubrow-Marshall

Open to

All welcome

Of particular interest to

psychologists and those that have expeirenced murder in the family