violence

Standing on my own two feet: disadvantaged teenagers, intimate partner violence and coercive control

Research to develop a better understanding of the nature and dynamics of violence in vulnerable teenagers’ intimate relationships; to examine the impact of physical, emotional and sexual violence on young people’s well-being; and to identify appropriate responses. The study set out to explore if some disadvantaged groups experienced greater vulnerability to intimate partner violence than others, and if so, to develop a better understanding regarding the factors that may contribute to this susceptibility.

Women's Support Project

Website of a feminist voluntary organisation, recognised as a Scottish Charity. The project works to raise awareness of the extent, causes and effect of male violence against women, and for improved services for those affected by violence.

A different world is possible: a call for long-term and targeted action to prevent violence against women and girls

Report that aims to address attitudes and positions that are often normalised and even ‘held dear’ within all of our communities and within our societies generally.

It sets out why we need a targeted and long-term approach to preventing VAWG drawing on the most cutting-edge evidence-base on the causal factors underlying violence and abuse.

This is it. This is my life...: female voice in violence

ROTA’s second report exposing the hidden pain and violence of women and girls who are associated with gangs and the chains that hold them fast.

You respond: promoting effective project participation by young people who have experienced violence - guide to good practice through training and development

Guide developed to provide training and learning materials to assist individuals and groups of staff within governmental and non-governmental organisations to develop good practices in relation to promoting the participation of young people who have experienced violence, and to assist members of these organisations in developing participatory projects to combat violence against children.

Violence against children: United Nations Secretary-General Study

Study which represents a global effort to paint a detailed picture of the nature, extent and causes of violence against children, and to propose clear recommendations for action to prevent and respond to it.

Troublesome youth groups, gangs and knife carrying in Scotland

There is limited reliable evidence relating to the nature, form and prevalence of youth ‘gangs’ and knife carrying in Scotland. Recognising these information shortfalls, this research report seeks to provide an overview of what is known about the nature and extent of youth gang activity and knife carrying in a set of case study locations; provide an in-depth account of the structures and activities of youth gangs in these settings; provide an in-depth account of the knife carrying in these settings; and offer a series of recommendations for interventions in these behaviours.

'Taking it to heart': girls and the meanings of violence

This article highlights the importance of social and situational context to an understanding of girls’ violence (and to girls’ understanding of violence). The research study that forms the basis of the chapter commenced, in Scotland, against a back-drop of increasing concern in Britain about violence by, and amongst, young people.

Discussing violence: let's hear it for the girls

This article presents some key findings from an exploratory study of teenage girls’ views and experiences of violence, carried out in Scotland. Using data gathered from self-report questionnaires, focus group discussions and in-depth interviews, it conveys girls’ perceptions of violence and discusses the nature and extent of the many forms of violence in girls’ lives. In particular, the article flags up the pervasiveness of verbal conflicts within girls’ lives and outlines the characteristics of those girls who describe themselves as violent.

'Prove me the bam!’: victimisation and agency in the lives of young women who commit violent offences

This article reviews the evidence regarding young women’s involvement in violent crime and, drawing on recent research carried out in HMPYOI Cornton Vale in Scotland, provides an overview of the characteristics, needs and deeds of young women sentenced to imprisonment for violent offending. Through the use of direct quotations, the article suggests that young women’s anger and aggression is often related to their experiences of family violence and abuse, and the acquisition of a negative worldview in which other people are considered as being ‘out to get you’ or ‘put one over on you’.