Nuffield Foundation funded research project on children growing up with domestic abuse
Title: Children living with domestic abuse – understanding the effects on children’s wellbeing using longitudinal data
Duration: October 2019 – September 2022
This project will investigate how living with different types of domtestic violence in early childhood affects children over time. It will explore how exposure to domestic violence correlates with or affects children’s chances of being victims of violence themselves, their emotional wellbeing and mental health, and their subsequent behaviour towards others.
An estimated 1 in 5 children in the UK live with domestic violence, and 1 in 4 adult women in the UK experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime. Recently, the Education Secretary in England has named children exposed to domestic violence as a priority group in respect to early help to improve social, psychological and educational outcomes.
The study is timely in relation to current legal changes in how domestic violence and child maltreatment are defined and addressed, and findings are intended to inform policy and service development to support families and children exposed to domestic violence. Key audiences include national and local government units and third sector organisations working with victims of domestic violence and issues relating to child protection.
This project uses mainly data from the Growing Up in Scotland longitudinal survey.