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Valencia Final Conference

12th May 2015

CONSELLERIA DE GOBERNACIÓN Y JUSTICIA – GENERALITAT VALENCIANA is extending an invitation to the final UNARS conference in Valencia, Spain.  All details are in the PDF document attached.

Conference venue:
Instituto Valenciano de Seguri-dad Pública
y Emergencias (IVASPE)
Carretera Valencia-Cheste, s/n
46380 Cheste

UNARS (‘Understanding Agency and Resistance Strategies: Young People Living with Domestic Violence’) is a two-year European project exploring the ways children and young people cope and manage in situations of domestic violence. The project is led by an academic team from the University of Northampton with partners in Italy, Greece, Spain and the UK.

Valencia - Final UNARS Conference 12th May 2015.

Speech made by Mr. Jorge Cardona Llorens,The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Review of Valencia Conference.


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Children's Experiences of Domestic Abuse: Agency, resistance, resilience

A one day conference and workshop

Friday 16 May 2014 from 09:30 to 16:30.

Please join us for this free event at the University of Northampton, to discuss the impact of domestic abuse on children.  In this one day event, we discuss the findings of our four nation European project exploring children's experiences of domestic abuse.

Understanding Agency and Resistance Strategies explores children's experiences for domestic abuse. Children's lived experiences in households where domestic abuse has occurred are underresearched. Where research has been conducted, there tends to be a very heavy emphasis on the impact of abuse in terms of damage and psychopathology. By talking to children and young people we explore with them both the impact of abuse and the way that they coped with and managed the experience. We present findings from these interviews, as well as drawings and photographs from young participants, that explore their understanding of the violence and its impact, and of their ability to cope and to be resilient. 

The project also explores the landscape young people must navigate to secure support. This includes professional and carer focus groups and an analysis of local, national and European policy on domestic abuse. We highlight the way that children are often positioned as 'collateral' to domestic abuse, and argue the need to centre their voices in professional and policy responses to domestic violence. 

This event will include presentations of the work in progress, and discussions enabling delegates to input into the project. 



This project is funded by the European Commission, Daphne III work programme, JUST/2012/DAP-AG-3461

Who should attend:

  • Professionals who work with children in situations of domestic abuse
  • Workers in charities involved with families who experience domestic abuse
  • Academics with an interest in domestic abuse, or in the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Parents and carers of children who have experienced domestic abuse

Book your free place here

How to find Park campus

Parking will be at P3 - see Map of Park Campus