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Why is this research happening? I would like to understand what life is like for young men who were exposed to domestic violence and abuse (DVA) at home when they were children and also became involved with a gang or ‘on road’.

To find out what this is like I am asking people who have been through it



Who is doing this research? This research forms part of a PHD research project at The Open University.


The Open University are funding this research because they too believe this is an important area to know more about.




Why me?


You have been asked to take part because you have had experience of DVA and involvement with gangs or life on road.


You are the best person to discuss these issues, and it is important that people who try and support young people in these situations hear your views.





What will it involve?


There are two different parts of the research. We can discuss which option feels the best for you to be involved in.


Interview Option: We will have 2 meetings (1 hour each) spaced 1 month apart to talk about your life and your experiences. Total: 2 hours


Group Option: You can join a group which will meet four times (1.5 hours each) to talk about everyone’s thoughts on specific topics together. Total: 6 hours). You will be given the topics in advance so you can reflect and be sure you are happy to take part.


Can people find out that I have taken part? NO! All information that could identify you, for example, names, where you live, your family set up, and anything else that might identify you, will be changed. This means that what you say will be anonymised.


What happens to the data collected? Once the interviews are over the researchers will look at all of the interviews they have conducted. They will want to use quotes from interviews in the reports, books and articles they will write about this research. When they do this, they will remove any information (names, place names etc.) which could be used to identify you or anyone else you have mentioned in the interviews.


The research reports will be used to help those who work in the area of domestic abuse and gangs to better understand the perspectives of young men who have been affected.





What risks are there?


There are two kinds of risk that may take place. The first one is that you might feel upset during the discussion. I will check in with you throughout the session to make sure you are OK to carry on. I will also have information about other agencies I can contact about any issues that arise during the interview.


The second kind of risk is if you tell me that either yourself, or someone else is in danger of serious harm. If this happens, I will talk to you about it, what might happen if you continue to talk about it and how you want to deal with the situation. In an extreme case, where a child is at risk and we cannot come to an appropriate resolution I might have to disclose the information to other relevant agencies.


What are the benefits of taking part? It will help people understand how it feels to have been in these situations.

It may help improve support services and how professionals deal with it.


You will receive £8 per hour in exchange for your time (given in vouchers). Along with reimbursement for any travel expenses you incur.

What should I do next if I want to take part? If you are interested in taking part in these interviews you can contact;

Jade Levell, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK76AA



Comments, Complaints? If you are unhappy about the conduct of the research and would like to make a formal

complaint you can contact;


Dr. Rod Earle, Senior Lecturer in Youth Justice, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK76AA




Dr Lindsay O’Dell

Director of Post Graduate Studies, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK76AA




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