Hazel’s husband Trevor was shot on 8th April 1998 by the INLA in the driveway of their house. Hazel was left to raise four children on her own, ranging in age from 14 to 10. Trevor was the last person murdered before the Good Friday Agreement was reached and was buried on the day the Agreement was signed.
Hazel described her reasons for joining the Victims and Survivors Forum:
“I joined the Forum to be a voice for victims who had previously not engaged in this process. I bring to the Forum my experience as a woman and mother raising my four children with very little money on my own while dealing with my own grief.”
Hazel hopes that her views will be heard by her fellow Forum members and that she can play an active role in an “open, honest and transparent process” of dialogue and consultation.
“It is important to raise awareness of victims and survivors, their needs, challenges and views. I hope that the collective voice of victims and survivors will continue to be heard at the heart of discussions, so that decisions about what affects us will be truly ‘victim-centred’. I am hopeful that the Forum can continue to work towards getting results around dealing with the past, reparations, services and building for the future.”