Sowing the Seeds: Children’s Experience of Domestic Abuse and Criminality

Elaine Wedlock, Julian Molina

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportpeer-review


This report explores the overlap between children’s experience of domestic abuse and children’s offending behaviour and makes recommendations for early intervention and consistent practice.

This review is published in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, with everyone subject to measures designed to contain the spread of the virus. But these measures present an unprecedented risk for victims of domestic abuse, who are compelled to stay within a home shared with an abusive partner.

The findings of this report suggest this should not be regarded as a short-term problem; children who are exposed to domestic abuse are not casual bystanders and the evidence suggests impacts will be huge and far reaching.

Before the coronavirus, the criminal justice system was focused on dealing with another virus, again afflicting all parts of our society: a surge in gang related crime, appalling violence inflicted by children onto other children through knife crime, as well as so called “county lines” dealing in drugs, with children pulled into dangerous criminal activity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherOffice of the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales
Number of pages96
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


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