Gender-related violence and young people: an overview of Italian, Irish, Spanish, UK and EU legislation

Biglia, B. and Alldred, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-5077-7286, 2015. Gender-related violence and young people: an overview of Italian, Irish, Spanish, UK and EU legislation. Children and Society, 29 (6), pp. 662-675. ISSN 0951-0605

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Do laws regarding violence against or sexual exploitation of young people recognise gendered and other power dynamics? Cross‐national comparison of legal texts can illustrate the benefits of framing issues of violence/gender/youth in certain ways and offer critical reflection on particular legal frameworks or cultural understandings. This policy review is based on an analysis of select laws regarding gender‐related violence (GRV) as relates to young people in Italy, Ireland, Spain and the UK. Here, GRV is defined as sexist, sexualising or norm‐driven bullying, harassment, discrimination or violence whoever is targeted. It therefore includes gender, sexuality and sex‐gender normativities, as well as violence against women and girls. A tension emerges between granting young people agency and recognising the multiple, intersecting power relations that might limit and shape that agency. This article draws out the implications for the UK in particular, highlighting the absence of preventative measures and the need for a broader approach to combat GRV.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Children and Society
Creators: Biglia, B. and Alldred, P.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: November 2015
Volume: 29
Number: 6
ISSN: 0951-0605
Rights: © 2015 The Authors. Children & Society published by National Children's Bureau and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 28 Feb 2020 16:17
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2020 16:17

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