Frank Mullane, AVA trustee and Chief Executive of Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse, has had his outstanding work in the area of domestic abuse & homicide recognised with an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Gloucestershire. In presenting the award, Dr Caroline Mills, Head of the University’s School of Natural & Social Sciences, praised Frank’s work as a ‘tireless advocate for victims’ rights. She talked about his ‘quiet and persistent lobbying to ensure that lessons are learned, and his contributions to research, which together have helped improve the way we respond to some of the most serious crimes in our society.’
Together with his academic work, Frank also supports families affected by homicide within the family unit as they negotiate the judicial system. His expertise is often called upon in the media, parliament, and policing groups across the country. Frank’s interest in this field was motivated by his own tragic loss some years ago. But on receiving the award he was looking to the future, stating ‘I am grateful for the chance to further develop my understanding in collaboration with the University of Gloucestershire’.