The aim of this project is to examine the demographic characteristics and criminal careers of young people aged 10 – 19 years who cause physical, emotional, psychological or financial harm to their parents or care givers. The two datasets employed in this study were provided by a large Northern police force as part of an earlier study funded by the N8 Policing Research Partnership (PRP), details of which are available here. The first dataset contains over 3,769 cases of CPV, relating to 2,165 young people who came to police notice for CPV between 1 January – 31 December 2018. The second dataset comprises their criminal history data from the years prior to 2018.

Knowledge of CPV is in its infancy. Working with one of the largest research datasets on CPV in Europe, and the only one (to our knowledge) that combines generic criminal history data with data on incidents of CPV, this study will produce new knowledge around young people who came to police attention for family violence. Inspired by Australian research on domestic abuse (Dowling et al. 2021), central to this study will be work to understand the longitudinal patterns of these young people’s criminal careers looking, for example, at age of onset, offence types, offending frequency, and patterns of escalation and de-escalation. Group based trajectory modelling will be used to explore whether young people on different offending trajectories can be discerned within the dataset, and consideration given to the implications for theory alongside family violence policy and practice.

The analysis is being conducted by Seb Heslin-Rees (LIDA), working alongside Dr Sam Lewis and Dr Dan Birks (School of Law).

Anyone wanting further information about the research should contact Sam (email: