Exploring the criminal career trajectories of young people who are violent at home

Exploring the criminal career trajectories of young people who are violent at home

The aim of this project is to get a better understanding of those who are involved in child-to-parent violence (CPV) and how the criminal histories surrounding these young people may help us group and examine the trajectories of those involved in CPV. The data set, provided to us by the West Yorkshire Police, contains over 3,769 cases of child-to-parent violence, relating to 2,165 young people. This is accompanied by data detailing over 10,000 incidents that span serval years regarding the history of these young people. The project aims to use this data to attempt to understand the offending and victim histories of those who are involved in child to parent violence by using semi-parametric trajectory models to identify distinctive characteristics of trajectory groups and estimate the proportion of the population following each such trajectory group. A second element to the project is to use natural language processing techniques to analyse and then group the vast amount of police free-text descriptive accounts of the reported incidents, data that is usually neglected when preforming large scale analyses of police data. Unlocking this free-text data will hopefully help build and more accurate and nuanced picture as to the causes and correlates of CPV as well as providing insight and an interrogation into the ways in which police may perceive CPV. The project will hopefully not only allow for further academic insight into an area where research has been relatively sparse, but also play a role in helping construct more informed policy, improving the ability of police and social services to understand and intervene in child-to-parent violence.