Edinburgh Research Explorer

The support needs of children and young people who have to move home as a result of domestic abuse

Project: Awarded Facility Time

StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/0631/12/07
Period1/01/0631/12/07

Description

The research explores the views, experiences and support needs of children and young people who have to move home as a result of domestic abuse. Specifically, it examines their views and experiences of leaving home following domestic abuse; the journey they made to being re-housed; the services and support they received along the way (as well as their views of this); and additional support they would have liked.

Layman's description

A study to examine experiences and support needs of children and young people who have to move home as a result of domestic abuse.

Key findings

Most of the young people interviewed had experienced multiple house moves. The ‘first move’ evoked the strongest feelings and was usually triggered by an incident requiring them to leave home suddenly and in difficult circumstances. While most understood domestic abuse as the reason for having to leave home, information about this move was generally incomplete, with adults making decisions quickly and not sharing wholly accurate information, leaving young people confused and resentful. Moving (or returning to) school after having to move house because of domestic abuse was a major source of anxiety, mainly due to the impact on relationships and education attainment. In terms of support needs, the young people highlighted the importance of talking and the difficulties of finding someone trustworthy to talk to. The refuge, family and friends were identified as key sources of support, although old friendships were often difficult to maintain. While young people lacked confidence in support from their school, practical support from other organisations (e.g. police or housing agencies) was generally viewed as positive, and they very much valued the support of dedicated children’s workers.