Evaluating the role of domestic violence in young peoples' offending: are domestic violence interventions implemented often enough? A study into Wessex Youth Offending Teams' policy and practice

Mills, Justine (2008) Evaluating the role of domestic violence in young peoples' offending: are domestic violence interventions implemented often enough? A study into Wessex Youth Offending Teams' policy and practice. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Domestic violence is a societal concern that is being both confronted and challenged on a national level. With literature highlighting the causation links between domestic violence and offending, Wessex Youth Offending Team implemented a domestic violence programme in order to reduce this causation. As is such with innovative ideas, Wessex Youth Offending Team has had to overcome constant hurdles to ensure the programme had a fair chance of success. In order to achieve that success, Wessex Youth Offending Team has to know why such difficulties have been encountered, and how they can be effectively overcome. To this end, this study's aims were to determine the domestic violence programmes' shortcomings in order to explore the way in which both the domestic violence programme and the domestic violence workers could be more effectively used. These aims were operationalised using various methods of research. Firstly, a literature review was conducted in order to determine the role of domestic violence in youth offending and how to deal with it in practice. Data provided by the Wessex Youth Offending Team was analysed to establish a profile of offenders with domestic violence issues. Thirdly, primary research data was collected and analysed in order to gain feedback form the domestic violence programme. The primary research was questionnaire- and interview-based. It was designed to investigate the findings from the secondary data analysis. Five questionnaires and one interview were completed by Wessex Youth Offending Team staff. The findings from all research were examined and discussed to determine underlying common factors among the offenders, and perceptions towards the domestic violence programme and its effectiveness in proving offenders with domestic violence intervention. Despite the limited amount of primary research possible in this study's time frame, the findings are useful and valuable responses have been given. The reasons for the difficulties encountered in implementing enough interventions, and possible explanations for the under-utilisation of both the programme and the DV workers, have been revealed to be a lack of domestic violence referrals, resistance to the programme from both staff and offenders and a considerable lack of resources. The responses given by Wessex Youth Offending Team Staff and data analysis have enabled areas that need improvement to be identified. Based on relevant literature, this study's findings and other DV interventions currently being practiced, nine practical suggestions have been made to Wessex YOT with the aim of enhancing and improving their current use of the DV programme.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/657

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