Suicide in post agreement Northern Ireland: A Study of the Role of Paramilitary Intimidation 2007-2009

Sharon Mallon, Karen Galway, Janeét Rondon-Sulburan, Lynette Hughes, Gerard Leavey

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Abstract

Since the end of the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, there has been a rise in the number of acts of intimidation and Paramilitary Punishment Attacks (PPA). Anecdotally, some suicides have been linked to such incidents. To date, there has been a lack of research examining this association. This article details a case series study exploring how individual deaths by suicide in Northern Ireland were connected to intimidation. Data from Coroners, GP records and interviews with family members were examined to identify experiences of intimidation among a two-year cohort who died by suicide. Further case based analysis was conducted using a modified version of the psychological autopsy method. Our results indicate that in 19 male suicides there were
incidents of intimidation in the twelve months prior to death. The suicides of these men are discussed in relation to the suicide model of entrapment. Our findings highlight the continuing problem of intimidation in Northern Ireland and suggest further research into the connection between these incidents and suicide is warranted.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalSuicidology Online
Volume10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 08 Apr 2019

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