Child-to-parent abuse: gaining a local perspective to Greater Manchester

Retford, Simon (2011) Child-to-parent abuse: gaining a local perspective to Greater Manchester. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This research project develops a local understanding of parent abuse (PA) in Greater Manchester in order to assist practitioners in delivering better responses to victims and offenders. An understanding of family violence (FV) and domestic abuse (DA) is outlined in the literature review; highlighting how better understanding has been developed of FV through extensive research. It is suggested that such FV research has shaped responses of agencies and professionals, and improved the way in which victims and perpetrators are dealt with. However, similar research into PA has been ignored; with little understanding of the extent and causes of abuse.

    Therefore, a qualitative methodology was adopted, to carry out in-depth interviews of a number of Greater Manchester based professionals in order to develop a greater understanding of key local issues on PA. More importantly, the professionals' understanding and defining of PA was set out, as well as their explanations of such abuse. This enabled the researcher to set out current and suggested responses to PA; which considered existing and improved multi-agency working arrangements, making good use of current partnership structures.

    Accordingly, the need to better define, identify and record PA incidents was highlighted; as well as an urgent need to raise awareness of PA with both communities and professionals alike. A current absence of consistent responses to PA suggested an urgent need to develop new multi-agency strategies to make better use of existing resources, and thus provide help to victims and perpetrators of this type of abuse.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 11:59
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:50

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