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Motivating respect: A Welsh intervention into youth-perpetrated domestic abuse

Payton, Joanne and Robinson, Amanda ORCID: 2015. Motivating respect: A Welsh intervention into youth-perpetrated domestic abuse. [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Cardiff University.

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This report tackles the emerging issue of domestic abuse perpetrated by adolescents, explored through the experiences of Gwent Domestic Abuse Service (GDAS), a charity founded in 2003, providing support to both the perpetrators and victims of domestic abuse, delivered with a whole family approach. Domestic violence perpetrated by people under the age of 18 is an emerging problem, with violence and abuse directed towards parents and carers being a particularly prevalent but ignored issue, although violence against partners/ex-partners, siblings and peers are also found in Wales and may be under-recognised. So far, interventions to challenge abusive behaviour have overwhelmingly focussed upon adults. GDAS’s pilot targeting young people is innovative, based on one-to-one encounters primarily using the techniques of Motivational Interviewing. These techniques are labour-intensive but allow for pro-active and tailored approach to young people’s behavioural issues. GDAS’s interventions are well-received by referring agencies and in much demand, particularly with regard to the emerging issue of the abuse of parents and carers in Wales. There is scope for development through securing reliable funding to underwrite and extend this much-needed service, and to provide additional in-house support to victims in line with GDAS’s ‘whole family’ approach.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Publisher: Cardiff University
Funders: Welsh Government, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 08:59

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