Safeguarding Teenage Intimate Relationships (STIR): Connecting online and offline contexts and risks



To date, no national or transnational projects have addressed the incidence, role and impact of new technologies for instigating and maintaining control and violence in young people’s intimate relationships. This project aims to bridge this gap in European understanding and prevention.

The research, a 24 month collaborative project based in five European countries: England; Bulgaria; Cyprus; Italy; and Norway, has four main aims:  

The project will significantly contribute to the safeguarding of young people’s welfare by: raising awareness of this under-researched form of intimate violence; enabling young people’s experiences and views to inform policy and practice; enhancing the development of appropriate prevention and intervention programmes across Europe, including a direct resource for young people.


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