by Jade Levell
13th June 2022

Based on Boys, Childhood Domestic Abuse, and Gang Involvement: Violence at Home, Violence On-Road by Jade Levell, this policy briefing covers key messages and policy recommendations, including a dramatic rethink on the ways in which children are supported both during and after an abusive adult perpetrating DVA is present in their lives. 

Boys have been previously the blind spot in DVA policy and professional practice, neglected due to the perception they are potential perpetrators rather than victims. Nowhere is this more pertinent than in the case of boys and young men who are criminalised and labelled as gang-involved by the time they are in their teenage years.

Download the full pdf here.

See also: Invisible child victims of DVA become hyper-visible in gangs.


Boys, Childhood Domestic Abuse, and Gang Involvement cover.

Boys, Childhood Domestic Abuse, and Gang Involvement by Jade Levell is available on the Bristol University Press website. Order here for £85.00 or order the EPUB for £29.99.

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