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1 Overview of violence and abuse in young people's relationships and peer groups Carlene Firmin MBE Head of the MsUnderstood Partnership George Curtis Pan-London Programme Manager Identification and assessment Intervention; building an effective response Partnership founded in 2013 to address young people s experiences of gender inequality Engagement Policy and influencing Research Capacity building Directly supporting 11 local authorities in 6 sites July 2013 July 2016 Sheffield North London Cluster: Croydon What is teenage relationship abuse? Buckinghamshire Hackney Haringey Enfield Camden Islington Barnet Lambeth Greenwich Not to be reproduced with out the author s permission 5 1

2 Nearly three-quarters of girls and half of boys reported some form of emotional partner violence. One in three young women under 18 have experienced sexual violence from a partner A quarter of girls and 18 per cent of boys reported some form of physical partner violence (Barter 2009) Sometimes the people that you chill with want you to do certain things that you don t want to do, but you have to do it because you re part of that crew, you re part of it (13 years old) Two thirds (65.9%) of contact sexual abuse experienced by children age17 and under was perpetrated by someone under-18 (Radford et al 2011) Almost one third of year-old young women say they ve been subjected to unwanted sexual touching in UK schools (EVAW 2010) I said no for something very little, I ve been beaten up and bottled and I realised if I did say no what would happen I was pressurised and scared, I knew deep down I didn t want it cos I was still young but I didn t have a choice (12 years old) If you make an enemy of him you make an enemy of all of them (14 years old) I ll tell the nurses and like my counsellor about the domestic violence and that, but I won t tell them about the rest of it, cos they can tell other people and they won t understand, they ll think oh she deserved it, she s a criminal (20 years old) People want to be seen as like the alpha male, like the rude boy, the bad boy. They ll be scared of him, they want to be the biggest, the best Imagine if you got a couple of them in the crew that they re virgins. Yeah? It s a big thing, the first time you have sex with a girl, and someone laid it on for you. Do you know what I mean? And that gives him stripes, man, he s now somebody. Do you know what I mean? He s even more than whatever he was then, he s more now. Cause he can get you sex not to be reproduced without consent of the author It depends what the girl is. If she s a slag, she ain t equal. Boys just treat her like shit and that s the only thing. Don t get your name around if you re not ready to get violated (Participant F2, 15 year old young man) I ve done it to kids before, I ve been saying go in there, what s up with him, here s a girl, you know what I m saying, I m finished so you can go in and he s like I ll go in there in a minute and then you notice em, like you can see in their eyes that they don t want to go in... when I first like beat a girl and that, I got like not peer pressure but it was like, that was, that was how I ever lost mine innit like (Participant N2, 16 year old young man) is in a relationship with Josh for six weeks During the six weeks Josh is controlling, checking s activity breaks up with Josh because of his behaviour Josh threatens to tell her family they were together unless she gets back with him Josh and get back together They break up again and Josh threatens to kill and hurt her family Two weeks later Josh kills Not to be reproduced without consent of author without 2

3 CSE DA SHB SYV/Gangs Government Home Office Home Office? Home Office Domestic Abuse? Child sexual exploitation? Serious Youth Violence? Local MA MASE CSE-Subgroup LSCB MARAC Safer Communities? / SHB group Multi-agency gangs group Assessment CSE MARAC AIM Matrix Services Policing CSE services Sex Offender Treatment CAIT / Sexual Offences IDVA, Refuge DV Perpetrators DV Team / Homicide SHB services CAIT Local gangs projects Gang Injunctions Society How do you currently respond to peer-on-peer abuse? Implications on practice Neighbourhood School Peer Group Home Child At each stage what are the young people s experiences in terms of: - EXPERIENCE - POWER - GENDER - HARM Where do we assess and where do we intervene? This is abuse campaign TWO EXAMPLES Lives with mother and three sibings, father died of an illness 18 months prior Older sister has run away from home before and was married in Pakistan Give and get project s mother tries to keep indoors as much as possible and wants her to focus on her education Her brothers have performed well in school and are not known to any other services without 3

4 Female and males in the peer group connected through school and the local area A small number of males in the network are gang-associated Three of s female peers has run away from home and one has been taken into care Males in the peer group have experienced robbery and assaults Individuals in the group are physically violent towards one another in front of each other s female peer network is based within her school In school is seen crying and tells her school friends that she is being threatened by Josh and other boys that she has dated or knows without without is approached by young men in neighbourhood and asked for sexual activity She is physically assaulted on the street and verbally abused discloses to a local shop keeper that she is unhappy and being threatened The shopkeeper urges her to talk to her family about her concerns Peer-on-peer abuse does not occur in a vacuum, it occurs in a society where there are structures and norms that shape young people s views, experiences and behaviour, as well as responses towards them. without 4

5 As much as young people must be accountable for their actions, we as adults must be accountable for the world we are creating for them. 1. Gender and Age 2. Group roles, escalation and containment 3. Culpability and consent We have to be aware of the context in which young people are navigating the world in order to inform our responses towards them Not to be reproduced without consent of author Age Gender Development through dependency Recognise agency by supporting not controlling safe choices Importance of the peer group as opposed to the family Young men s experiences of neighbourhood risk Direction of sexual and relationship based violence towards young women Pursuit and/or acceptance of harmful masculine ideals to achieve safety Followers Bystanders (+) Leaders Bystanders (-) Not to be reproduced without consent of author Consent/MACR Society Neighbourhood School Peer Group Roles and group dynamics in each of these spaces LOOK FOR THE BROKEN LINES Consent/Power Consent/Agency Home Child 5

6 Vulnerable adolescents vs. Vulnerable children Risk outside the home vs. Risk within the home Complete NL Cluster Audit 30 th September Present to LSCBs in NL Cluster October November Agree delivery plan November Delivery until July 2016 Abuse by young people vs. Abuse by adults Unsafe social spaces vs. Unsafe individuals Additional work: Annual conference and participation programme Pan-London governance Publish case file research Local and national policy and campaigns Carlene Firmin MBE +44 (0)

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