Forced to flee or Safe to settle?
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  1. 1. Forced to flee or Safe to settle? The extent and implications of women’s journeys in response to domestic violencejourneys in response to domestic violence Background This poster reports on early stages of a PhD research project, mapping the journeys of women in response to domestic violence, and exploring the meanings and implications of such journeys. This process of internal displacement within the UK raises issues for policy makers and practitioners concerning the capacity and location of services; and the conception of women’s journeys as forced migration also allows insightscapacity and location of services; and the conception of women’s journeys as forced migration also allows insights and learning from the experiences of other migrants and other diasporas. Methods and initial results The research includes carrying out quantitative and spatialThe research includes carrying out quantitative and spatial analysis on a database of women who accessed services due to domestic violence. • The map on the left indicates the journeys of 93 women (61% with children) to a single refuge in 2007-08. • Women’s journeys are being analysed in terms of distance, and relating this to individual demographic characteristics (such as age, ethnic origin, disability and whether they had children).and whether they had children). • The map on the right indicates the overall flows to and from English Local Authorities in 2008-09: a total of 18,812 women (53.9% with children). • This enables analysis of characteristics of place – whether a higher proportion of women leave or arrive in particular local authorities, or rural or urban areas, or more deprived areas, for example. The implications of such journeys from place to place will beThe implications of such journeys from place to place will be explored in qualitative interviews with women. Women’s individual experiences will be contextualised in relation to the quantitative and spatial analysis; and in relation to concepts of forced migration, women’s agency and rights, and journeys of exile and diaspora. Forced to flee or Safe to settle? The extent and implications of women’s journeys in response to domestic violencejourneys in response to domestic violence This poster reports on early stages of a PhD research project, mapping the journeys of women in response to domestic violence, and exploring the meanings and implications of such journeys. This process of internal displacement within the UK raises issues for policy makers and practitioners concerning the capacity and location of services; and the conception of women’s journeys as forced migration also allows insightscapacity and location of services; and the conception of women’s journeys as forced migration also allows insights and learning from the experiences of other migrants and other diasporas. The research includes carrying out quantitative and spatial Initial conclusions • A large number of women (often with children)The research includes carrying out quantitative and spatial analysis on a database of women who accessed services due to indicates the journeys of 93 women (61% distance, and relating this to individual demographic characteristics (such as age, ethnic origin, disability • A large number of women (often with children) are moving considerable distances within the UK in response to domestic violence. • This research is an innovative empirical study of this internal migration, intending to measure and visualise the social processes. • Initially it appears that women are travelling from a wide range of locations and in all directions - the majority of Local Authorities have indicates the overall flows to and from 09: a total of 18,812 women urban areas, or more deprived areas, for example. The implications of such journeys from place to place will be directions - the majority of Local Authorities have similar numbers of women arriving and leaving. • More detailed quantitative analysis will identify any association between journey directions and distances and women’s demographic characteristics. • Interviews will explore the practical and emotional implications of the journeys women are making. Janet Bowstead - Research Student Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, London Metropolitan University. e-mail: j.bowstead@londonmet.ac.uk tel: +44 (0)20 7133 5014 The implications of such journeys from place to place will be relation to concepts of forced migration, women’s agency and Project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council Poster produced November 2010 making.

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