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Assessing and addressing domestic abuse by Ex-armed service personnel

Madoc-Jones, Iolo, lloyd-jones, Nikki, Gorden, Caroline and Owen, Emyr (2018) Assessing and addressing domestic abuse by Ex-armed service personnel. Probation Journal. pp. 1-18. ISSN 0264-5505

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Abstract

In the context that separate peer-led services are increasingly being developed to meet the needs of Ex-armed service personnel (Ex-asp) in the criminal justice system, we explore whether such services should also be developed to address any tendencies towards domestic abuse. Based on interviews with 12 imprisoned Ex-asp and 10 service affiliated informants working with them, we found domestic abuse is not always recognised as a potential problem for Ex-asp. Nonetheless, respondents suggested that interventions to address the potential for domestic abuse by some Ex-asp would be useful and legitimate if they are provided by those with service affiliations. Considering our findings, however, we strike a note of caution about separate and peer-led approaches becoming the default option for working with Ex-asp in the criminal justice system. We suggest the gendered nature of military culture may be associated with concerns about the implications of re-engaging Ex-asp with their military identities. Moreover, being steeped in military culture, we suggest that without training some service affiliated staff may be unsighted on important aspects that the role gender expectancies play in domestic abuse and poorly placed to respond appropriately to this type of offending.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Social and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Hayley Dennis
Date Deposited: 01 May 2018 13:06
Last Modified: 01 May 2018 13:06
URI: http://glyndwr.collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/17294

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