domestic abuse - children and young people

Joint inspections of the response to children living with domestic abuse: September 2016 to March 2017

Ofsted and three other agencies (the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, and HM Inspectorate of Probation) published this report into how agencies are working together to help and protect children who have witnessed domestic abuse at home. 

Partner exploitation and violence in teenage intimate relationships: Incidence and impact of partner abuse in young people

First published in 2009, this was the first study in Great Britain to provide a detailed picture of the incidence and impact of teenage partner violence.

1,353 young people, between 13 and 17 years old from England, Scotland and Wales took part in the research survey and 91 young people took part in in-depth interviews.

Although a body of evidence exists on adult experiences of domestic violence, very little is known about partner exploitation and violence in teenagers' own intimate relationships and encounters in the UK.

Partner exploitation and violence in teenage intimate relationships: Incidence and impact of partner abuse in young people

Published in 2009, this was the first study in Great Britain to provide a detailed picture of the incidence and impact of teenage partner violence. Many professionals were taken aback, both by the prevalence of violence and abuse in teenage relationships, and by the level of risk to some young victims.

Nineteen Child Homicides

This report details the cases of nineteen children, all intentionally killed by a parent who was also a known perpetrator of domestic abuse. These killings were made possible through unsafe child contact arrangements, formal and informal. Over half of these child contact arrangements were ordered through the courts. Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women's Aid, said “There is a misguided belief within the family courts and among judges that, because a relationship has ended, so has the domestic abuse.

All Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic Violence publishes report on Child Contact and the Family Courts

All-Party Parliamentary Group 2016 Report: Domestic Abuse, Child Contact and the Family Courts. In April 2016, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Domestic Violence launched its report highlighting the urgent need for an end to cross-examination of survivors of domestic abuse by their abuser in the family court.

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