Project Background

There is a non-documented perception of an increase in the number of girls who commit physical violence. Recently the media has focused on this phenomenon, thus adding to this perception. There seems to be less knowledge about the extent of girls using violence, and the research is not often related to girls in specific. However, there has been a development over the last few years, in methods adapted for girls only. Since 2011 we have set up a European Network for those who work with girls who commit violence and make threats. Still, the existing theory on girls with aggressive and violent behaviour is not at a large scale in Europe.

There is a need for a framework that explicitly focuses on the nature and consequences of, as well as causes for, girls´ violence.There is a need for a framework that explicitly focuses on the nature and consequences of, as well as causes for, girls violence. Therefore, this project aims at filling this gap by contributing to the increase of the knowledge about this phenomenon. As well, through the activities in the projects workstreams 3 and 4, which have a practical approach, obtain a better insight in which methods and interventions that provides the best effect for the girls involved. By this, the main objective of the project is to develop an understanding of best practice – exploring the link between girls and young women as victims and perpetrators of violence. This will be done through an exchange of experience on consultation and partnership, working to improve participation in the project by young women themselves.

This project will identify the scale and nature of the problem of girls as perpetrators of violence and current interventions/methodologies for dealing with it. It may well be that the project begins to develop new and innovative practices, particularly in the use of mentoring or peer-led methodologies developed from the commitment to participatory engagement of the girls in the project. This will provide a basis for consideration of future project work.