Juno Women’s Aid will deliver a six month pilot of one to one and group work response to young people who have been exposed to domestic violence (DV) knife crime through their Young Voices and Stronger Families Programme.
The Programme aims to support their understanding of a healthy relationship, help them manage their experience of exposure to the abuse and to give clear messages that violence and abuse (particularly knife crime) is unhelpful. The timeframe of the intervention will vary for each child or young person, but maybe over a month or up to 3.
This programme fits in with our public health approach to weapon enabled crime and the trauma informed approach to work with children and young people living with domestic abuse. Evidence suggests that where a child witnesses a knife crime in a domestic abuse setting, they are seven times more likely to go on to use it as a young person in other settings. From January 2018 – July 2018 there were 110 children exposed to DV knife crime in the county, and of these 58 were high risk. It is estimated that interventions this programme will take in 2 children/ young people per week over a period of 6 months.
Young people are able to develop an understanding of a healthy relationship, help them manage their experience of exposure to the abuse and to give clear messages that violence and abuse