Academics at Birmingham City University’s School of Social Sciences have been granted over €400,000 to conduct research into the services that refuges and places of safety provide for women and children fleeing domestic violence and abusive environments.
The funds awarded from the European Commission’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme will allow researchers Professor Morag MacDonald, Dr James Williams and David Kane to explore the needs of women and children living in refuge situations and help them to reintegrate into mainstream society.
The developed programme will also provide learning activities, supported free play, educational trips and communal food activities to create positive memories for families.
“Refuges and places of safety are often unable to provide other services that deal with the accompanying problems that mothers and children bring with them after experiencing domestic violence and abusive behaviour”, said Dr James Williams, senior research fellow at Birmingham City University’s Social Research and Evaluation Unit.
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