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DVIP representation at the European Conference on Domestic Violence

There are regular opportunities to apply to present a paper or workshop at national and international conferences on domestic violence or child protection, and it is good to hear from people who have taken up the gauntlet and travelled afar to take part in wider opportunities to learn and share good practice. Recently a team from DVIP travelled to Portugal, and I am pleased to post this review of the conference by Maria Duah, one of the presenters from the DVIP team, who works as a trainer with Youth2000.  Some interesting thoughts here about the way the issue of child to parent violence is conceptualised in different countries, and the corresponding differing responses.

My work at the Domestic Violence Intervention Project takes me all over London – sometimes outside of London! On this occasion there were no complaints from myself or my colleague Nathan, we were more than happy to travel to Portugal to deliver a workshop on Child to Parent Violence at the European conference II on domestic violence . It was a 3 day event held at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto (FPCEUP), Portugal. The Conference was a collaboration between FPCEUP, UMAR – Women’s Association Alternative & Response and APAV – Portuguese Association for Victims Support, and is held bi-annually.

In the morning I attended a workshop hosted by Advocacy after fatal domestic abuse and the Ministry of Internal affairs (Portugal) on domestic homicide reviews, looking at UK practice & Portuguese practice. It was a very interesting workshop hearing and learning how different countries have, and are, continuing to develop legislation around domestic violence homicide reviews. There were quite a few people from Ireland in the workshop and they expressed their concern about Ireland’s process of handling domestic violence cases and that many of the perpetrators are painted in a good light in the media …’he attended church regularly’, but not commenting on the true crime and the victim (there wasn’t enough time to debate domestic violence and Catholicism which is a whole topic/workshop in itself – which I would have attended)

DVIP’s workshop was in the afternoon and our group consisted of workers from Iceland (mainly social workers and one police officer) and Norway (alternative to violence project). Whilst speaking with the group from Iceland they explained that any incident concerning a child is referred to child protection, so if it is ‘child to parent violence’ it is seen as a form of self harm. What came out of the workshop was the different ways in which countries view ‘child to parent violence’ and how the young person is seen perhaps as more of a victim opposed to someone who is a victim that also uses abusive behaviours and/or violence; also the support that is available for parents, families, carer’s and young people varies as does the approach and agencies available to support them.

The conference also offers the opportunity for budding academics to submit ‘abstracts’ for oral presentations during the conference, which I think is a great opportunity to showcase new thoughts & approaches to domestic violence. Nathan and I really enjoyed the conference (thanks DVIP) and thanks to Nathan who helped me partially conquer my fear of heights by walking with me over Ponte D. Luís I bridge!

Maria Duah – Young Person’s Practitioner & Trainer. You can follow her on twitter here.

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Job opportunities at DVIP


Yuva Young Peoples Service Positions

“The Yuva service is our service for young people. We offer targeted programmes to young people aged 11 – 18 who are using abusive behaviours in close relationships to help them change and develop positive relationship skills. Alongside the programme for young people we also offer a support service to parents and partners of the young person and collaborate with a wide array of local agencies to support positive change for the young people we work with and their families.”

DVIP are advertising for a YUVA Young People’s Service Manager and Yuva Young People’s Service Administrator.

Closing date 7th December. See website for more details.

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Child to Parent Violence: Job Opportunity in London

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DVIP currently have a vacancy for a part-time Young People’s Service Practitioner (female only), working across London.

The service offers support and interventions to young people using abuse alongside a parallel support service for parents and partners.

You will primarily work with parents experiencing young people’s abuse to help re-establish safe boundaries within the home and to develop improved family interactions. You will also work with young people.

There are also opportunities for sessional work and volunteering. Full details can be found on the DVIP website.


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That thing …

… When you do or think something and suddenly everyone else is doing the same? Well it’s been that sort of day!

Following the presentation of the key findings and recommendations on Thursday, Professor David Gadd of Manchester University received coverage across a number of radio stations for the From Boys to Men Project, which examined why some young men go on to become perpetrators of domestic abuse, and what can be done to prevent this. The research found strong correlations with past experience of domestic violence in the home, but David Gadd made it clear that this did not amount to causation. The authors of the research call for the development of preventative work in schools, with work on violence and abuse included in sex and relationship education. Continue reading


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Respect workshop details and booking form

More information is now available about the workshops and presentations planned for the Respect National Practitioners’ Seminar on July 4th. This is the sixth seminar of its kind, for those addressing young people’s use of violence in close relationships, and will be held this year in London.

Of particular interest to those in the field of parent abuse will be a presentation about the Yuva Project. Shem Williams, from DVIP, will be talking about their work on adolescent to parent violence. Peter Misch also returns after a successful presentation last year. This year he discusses Empathy Deficits from a mental health perspective. And there are two presentations about the work of Respect and the young people’s project itself.

The full programme of speakers and booking forms are available on the Respect website.

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