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The relationship between family violence and youth offending

Councils only want the best for the children and young people in their communities, but many children struggle to cope with the challenges they experience. Facing continuous family violence and without recourse to adequate help when they need it, we know that some young people go on to be involved in the youth justice system.

As local leaders councils play a key role in reducing youth offending, bringing together partners through their strategic and operational role spanning enforcement, early intervention, prevention in relation to youth offending and the provision of support to victims of violence.

By understanding the risk factors and commissioning interventions that support the protective factors, the link between family violence and youth offending can be broken.

  • This rapid evidence assessment provides an introduction to the subject, and asks three key questions:
  • What evidence exists to support a link between family violence and involvement in youth offending?
  • What public health interventions are available to prevent offending among children and young people who have experienced family violence?