Grant allows Birmingham academics to research refuges for domestic abuse victims

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A grant of more than €400,000 has been awarded to academics in Birmingham to help them research refuges for victims of domestic violence.

The money has come from the European Commission’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme will see staff from Birmingham City University’s School of Social Sciences work with other institutions in Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania and Spain.

The two year project will allow researchers Professor Morag MacDonald, Dr James Williams and David Kane will explore the needs of women and children living in refuge situations and help them to reintegrate into mainstream society.

Dr Williams said: “Refuges and places of safety are often unable to provide other services that deal with the accompanying problems that mothers and children bring with them after experiencing domestic violence and abusive behaviour.

“It has long been known that those situations and experiences can lead to emotional and psychological trauma for children and consequently affect the way they think about their lives.”

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