Policy Analysis

One of our concerns in UNARS is with the way that young people are talked about and represented in public discourse about domestic abuse. Talking about young people as 'victims' and 'witnesses' to domestic abuse positions them as relatively powerless and as passive recipients of circumstances in which they have no control. In particular, pathologising discourses that position young people as damaged by domestic abuse leave little space for young people to identify as agents, capable of positive coping and change. 

It is therefore important to look carefully at public discourses about domestic abuse, to ensure that young people have positive alternative identities to victimhood available to them.  Our project explores how young people are constructed in policy, through an analysis of the policy landscape in each of the participating countries. Our research is concerned with understanding:

  •  dominant representations of children and domestic abuse, in domestic violence and child protection policy

  • how the policy landscape within each country & region shapes the ways children in situations of domestic abuse are conceptualised by young people and professionals

Our aim is to understand how policy frameworks might represent young people in a manner that does not just focus on ideas of 'damage' or 'victimhood', but is also able to incorporate their capacity for agency, resistance and resilience. This will help with the envisioning of possible positive future selves for young people.   

Children and Domestic Violence: The policy and practice landscape of four European countries.

UK Policy Analysis Final Report.pdf UK Policy Analysis Final Report.pdf
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ES UNARS POLICY PAPER English.pdf ES UNARS POLICY PAPER English.pdf
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ES UNARS POLICY PAPER Spain.pdf ES UNARS POLICY PAPER Spain.pdf
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