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Domestic Violence and Abuse in the Miltary

 
DVA - soldiersImproving the understanding and approach to Domestic Violence and Abuse
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About our research 
 
  • Blank spaceThe first of its kind in the UK, our cutting-edge research aims to improve understanding of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) perpetration and victimisation among military personnel and their partners.

  • We work in collaboration with Kings Centre for Military Health Research - the leading civilian UK centre of excellence for military health research and are funded by the National Institute of Health Research - Europe's largest clinical reserach  funder and Forces in Mind Trust.

  • Our aim is to make recommendations to policy makers, NHS commissioners and third sector providers about the type of support or services that are most helpful to this population.

Key themes

  • The prevalence of and risk factors for DVA in serving and ex-serving military personnel, in particular mental health factors such as PTSD.
  • The impact of military life on relationships and barriers to accessing DVA support.
  • Attitudes, experiences and practices of professionals within the UK Armed Forces.
  • Using research to inform the development of policies and practices in DVA management across the military.
  • DVA among spouses and partners of military personnel.

 

Our Studies

Currenly recruiting participants

 

STUDY 1: The impact of military life on relationships and the experiences of and barriers to help-seeking among
those who have perpetrated or experienced DVA. 
Qualitative interviews will be conducted with military personnel (serving/ex-serving), who either reported being a perpetrator or victim/survivor of DVA, to examine their perspective of the impact of military service on their relationship, support available and attitude to help-seeking for violence within the relationship.
STUDY 2: Domestic violence and abuse among spouses and partners of military personnel. 
Qualitative interviews will be conducted with spouses/partners of serving or ex-serving military personnel who have been victims/survivors of DVA by their military partners, to explore the factors that impact on their relationship, the risk of DVA within these relationships and help seeking behaviours.

 

Interested in participating?

 
  • Find out more by reading the study factsheets below.
  • Contact our research team by calling 020 7848 0225  or emailing dvaresearch@kcl.ac.uk.
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STUDY 3: Investigating the prevalence and risk factors for DVA perpetration and victimisation among serving and
ex-serving military personnel compared to the general population.

Data from phase 3 of King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) cohort study of the health and well-being of  the UK Armed Forces will be used to estimate the prevalence of and risk factors for self-reported DVA in the past year, both perpetration and victimisation, among both serving and ex-serving personnel. The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey will be used as a general population comparison group. 
STUDY 4: Responding to domestic violence perpetration and victimisation – attitudes, experiences and practices         of professionals within the UK Armed Forces. 
Qualitative interviews will be conducted with health/welfare staff working with serving and ex-serving military personnel to explore attitudes to DVA and to examine how it is identified and managed.
STUDY 5: Expert consensus on required changes to policy and practice in prevention and management of DVA    among serving and ex-serving personnel
A Delphi methodology will be used to generate expert consensus on good practice in the prevention and management of DVA among UK military personnel.

 

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