Safeguarding Teenage Intimate Relationships (STIR): Connecting online and offline contexts and risks
- Funder: DAPHNE
- Lead applicant: Christine Barter
- Co-researcher: Marsha Wood, Nadia Aghtaie, Nicky Stanely; University of Lancashire (UK), Susana Pavlou: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (Cyprus), Georgi Apostolov: Applied Research and Communications Fund (Bulgaria), Valentina Lo Galbo: CESIE – European Centre of Studies and Initiatives (Italy), Gianna Cappello: University of Palermo (Italy), Carolina Overlien: Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (Norway)
- Research centre: Gender and Violence Research
- Duration: January 2013 - January 2015
- See more: www.stiritup.eu
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:
- Map relevant European research, policy and practice.
- Document the incidence, impact and dynamics of online/offline experiences of partner violence and control within young people’s lives.
- Explore young people’s own experiences of relationship violence and views on prevention.
- Development of an appropriate, directly accessible, web-based resource and app for young people.
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.