10.1 A.    Research and Evaluations

Family violence of adolescents and young adults against their parents: Core findings from exploratory research

TNO (2014)

Little is known about family violence by adolescents and young adults aimed at their parents in the Netherlands. Movisie and TNO conducted an exploratory study, to gather knowledge on character and prevalence, and to present leads for prevention and support. This summary contains the major findings, conclusions and recommendations.

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Connecting the dots

Professional Social Work (2012)

Following up on some of the issues raised in her previous article on parent abuse, Helen Bonnick considers to what extent we can draw a causal link between parent-teen violence and violent tendencies witnessed in much younger children.

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The violence without a name: Parent abuse: lifting the lid on a destructive and growing phenomenon

Professional Social Work (2012)

Social worker and founder of the ‘Holes in the Wall’ blog, Helen Bonnick considers the plight of parents suffering violence at the hands of their children, exploring the complexities of an under-reported but deeply corosive problem for thousands of families.

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Grasping the nettle: alcohol and domestic violence

Galvani, S. University of Bedfordshire (2010)

Alcohol Concern’s information and statistical digest June 2010 factsheet

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Relate’s Domestic Violence & Abuse Responsive Model

Owen, R (2010)

Relate developed the Responsive Model to create a setting where clients feel they can disclose DVA and be provided with an informed and effective response. This article by Rosemary Owen was published in the Respect newsletter, click here for more information.

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Supporting families affected by substance use and domestic violence

Dr Galvani, S. The Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care
University of Bedfordshire (2010)

The aims of the research project were to explore the views and perspectives of family members of substance users on the relationship between alcohol, drugs and domestic abuse and to develop practice and policy recommendations based on these findings and the wider literature

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“We must look at this through the Embrace goggles”: Enhancing the Response of Alcohol Services with Clients, Children and Families where there is also Domestic Violence.


Templeton, L. (2010)

Year 2 External Evaluation Report for the Embrace Project: This external evaluation report covers the second year of the project, roughly the period April 2009 to April 2010. This report has been based primarily on a review of qualitative interview and other documentary data collected by the Embrace Team, and on seven telephone interviews conducted with a senior manager at seven of the nine pilot sites and with the two senior members of the Embrace Team.

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Is there a middle way? Substance use, couples work and domestic abuse

Galvani, S. (2009)

This is a presentation which looks at the role of substance use agencies and couples work, exploring issues of safety and risk; it also puts forward a new model of working.

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Every Family Matters: An in-depth review of family law in Britain

The Centre For Social Justice (2009)

This review is looks at how the law, legal procedures and processes, and ancillary functions might better support and encourage stability and commitment in relationships. Please see section 4 for Domestic Violence and Abuse.

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Family Intervention Projects: An Evaluation of their Design, Set-up and Early Outcomes

White, C. et al. (2008)

50 Family Intervention Projects (FIPs) were set up as part of the Respect Action Plan, launched in January 2006 (expanded to 67 in 08-09). These projects aimed to reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB) perpetrated by the most anti-social and challenging families, prevent cycles of homelessness due to ASB and achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes for children and young people. FIPs use an 'assertive' and 'persistent' style of working to challenge and support families to address the root causes of their ASB, for example to help with parenting and health problems. Following successful independent evaluation the FIP model is being adapted to support and challenge other families who may not be anti-social but have significant problems such as drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems, domestic violence, offending, long-term unemployment and poverty.
From April 2009 to March 2011 all local authorities are receiving funding for a FIP.

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Common Couple Violence: What’s in a name?

Debbonaire, T. (2008)

This article featured in the Respect Newsletter (Winter 07/08) looks at some of the issues raised by the use of 'Common Couple Violence' and the implications of this terminology on our understanding and work with domestic violence.

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Bridging to change: expanding Relate’s capacity to provide work with clients who use domestic violence and abuse and to meet the needs of clients whose lives are affected by it.

Tunariu, A. D. (2007)

The purpose of this document is to present and discuss the review of three Domestic Violence and Abuse Prevention Programmes (DVA-PP) conducted at Relate Coventry and Relate Somerset, and in association with Relate Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. The scope of the review was to identify best practice, report on the learning gained from setting up these projects and the efforts to gather and record knowledge about working with perpetrators of violence within the context of integrated programmes. (It may also be useful to refer to the Relate Good Practice guidance which is referenced in Section B, below).

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