Founder and Vice Chairperson
Joan became active in victims rights issues following the murder of her son, Russell in 2003 and in 2005 she co-founded AdVIC (“Advocates for the Victims of Homicide”).
Having experienced the harsh reality of the trial process through a victim’s lens, it became clear to her that neither the victims or their families had any voice in the judicial process. Since this time,
Joan has been a consistent advocate for the families of homicide victims to ensure that they are not ignored within the criminal justice system and to expeditiously bring about fairer treatment for families during the whole legal process.
In 2006, Joan became the first victim of crime to address the Judicial Studies Institute and she has given numerous talks on the rights of the victims and their families. Joan was Chair of AdVIC from 2010-13.
I became aware of AdVIC in 2014, after hearing one of its members tell their harrowing story on radio. I could identify with the horror of what they had gone through because it happened to me in 1997 when my partner was stabbed to death in London. Shortly after he died I discovered I was pregnant, something I’m forever grateful for, but of course our daughter has had to deal with the loss of her father all her life. The justice system completely failed us and while the laws in England & Wales are now more reasonably balanced, we have a long way to go to improve matters for victims in Ireland. I joined the AdVIC committee to help campaign for a fairer justice system and to ensure families and friends of victims get the support they so desperately need when faced with such terrible tragedy.
I joined AdVIC nine years ago and now I look after the organisation’s finances. In May 2006 my eldest daughter Karen had just qualified as a medical doctor and was looking forward to a great career, Karen was only 23 yrs of age but her life was cut short as she was murdered in Galway on the 12th of June 2006. On receiving this news, our lives changed for ever as a family. There is no going forward after losing a child to murder.
On the 20 th April 2016 my beloved brother Alastair was murdered in South Africa. As he was not Irish and living in South Africa, I was not entitled to any help or advice from the Irish Government or Garda and therefore struggled with getting any assistance to help in finding out what had happened. The perpetrator/s where never found and within one year the case was classified as a “Cold Case”.
I found AdVIC shortly after returning from South Africa and they have been my life-line ever since. They got me through my darkest days, and have been a constant support to me since then.
I joined the committee in 2018 as I wanted to give something back to an organisation that has been instrumental in my healing process, and that of many other families. My background is in Film / Television and Photography, so this has allowed me to bring awareness to the work AdVIC does through the media sector.
Founder and Committee Member
Annie Mulvaney has been working on victim’s rights issues since 2003
Her Son Brian was murdered in 2000 and her subsequent involvements with the criminal justice system, where she and her family felt lost, inexistent, at times hurt and after 4 long years of ordeal so exacerbated, brought on the idea of forming a support group of families bereaved by homicide.
This was achieved with 10 others bereaved families in March 2005 with the formation of AdVIC
Annie has been secretary of AdVIC since its formation
Since 2005, Annie has worked with others at developing AdVIC into the victims support group representing and becoming the voice of families of homicide victims within the criminal justice system.
Over those years, Annie has been involved in producing the AdVIC information booklets, the AdVIC website and has represented AdVIC to numerous meetings with agencies of the criminal justice systems and conferences
Annie has and continues to be an advocate for families of homicide victims rights working to achieve a more balance process for such families during their journey following the homicide
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Non - Executive Director
John was a member of An Garda Siochana for 40 years until June 2017 when he reached the age of compulsory retirement. He served in all ranks up to Assistant Commissioner in many different roles. One such role was that of Homicide investigator. During the course of his career John was involved in over 150 Homicide investigations.
Advocacy on behalf of victims was a dominant feature of his work. This attitude was formed out of his experiences as a Guard on the beat, Community policing and his involvement in murder investigations. He worked in the role of Family liaison officer to families of victims of homicide on numerous occasions. As part of his work as a Senior investigating officer he has worked closely with victim support groups including AdVIC.
As part of his studies for a degree in Police Management in 2005/06 John carried out a study on how to develop a best practise approach to liaison between An Garda Siochana and Families of Homicide victims. This study fed into the subsequent decision to train and assign Liaison officers in all cases of homicide.