source: Liverpool Echo
published: 24 September 2014
For many witnesses, notably the survivors, the Hillsborough inquests have been or will be a very tough and traumatic process played out in the public eye, but it’s a process that couldn’t proceed without their crucial contributions.
We have previously written about the value of the touching tributes family members presented at the start of the hearings in Warrington. These poignant testimonies were packed with emotion and difficult for family members to give, but individuals who were at Hillsborough being called to share their painful memories and, potentially, be cross-examined by several barristers takes things to another level.
However, those involved in the inquests are keen to stress that help and support is available for those asked to attend the hearings at the modern, purpose-built building at Bridgewater Place in the Birchwood Business Park.
Inquests press officer Sarah Jane Leydon says: “A consultant clinical psychologist or one of his team is available here every day to provide immediate support or to identify other sources away from the venue.”