Bullying as abuse

Authored by: Carrie-Anne Myers

Youth Justice Handbook

Print publication date:  October  2009
Online publication date:  February  2014

Print ISBN: 9781843927174
eBook ISBN: 9781315820064
Adobe ISBN: 9781317821755


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While narratives describing youths as a threat or as a problem to society are familiar in academic and popular publications, insufficient attention has been paid by either the policy community or the public to the experience of childhood and youth as a period of potential victimization at the hands of both adults and other young people. As a whole, adolescent victimization is: ‘an area of victimization that is remarkably ill-served by the official statistics’ (Anderson et al. 1994: 9). Encouragingly, there has been a growing body of work on children as victims (Feyerham and Hindelang 1974; Finkelhor 1979; Morgan 1988; Garofalo 1989; Best 1990; Morgan and Zedner 1992; Walker 1992; Abrahams 1994; Anderson et al. 1994), but its focus has primarily been on issues of child abuse, incest and the victimization of children in domestic and institutional settings. This chapter considers the victimization of young people within the context of bullying. It gives practitioners the opportunity to consider the wealth of literature on the topic and some of the practical tools that have been developed in the context of the education system to help them deal with the issue in practice within the youth justice system.

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