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Kirsten Ellen Hall

Postgraduate Research Student

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Postgraduate Research Student in the Department of Sociology  


I am in my first year of The High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear PHD scholarship which is predominantly funded by Gentoo Housing Association. I will be talking to young adults who have previously lived through domestic violence as children or young people, in order to give a voice to their unique experiences, discover what helped them gain resilience and their perspectives on future provision. The focus of these discussions will be housing, and issues might include having to move a lot, spending time in refuges or temp accommodation, leaving homes and possessions, adapting to a new area or school, being left behind when other family members leave, safety concerns and waiting a long time for permanent housing.

I have spent nearly the last 15 years as a practitioner, and later as a Manager in the field of Youth and Community. My most recent employment was at a small Newcastle based project (SCARPA) offering a range of short and long term interventions for young people who go missing and/or at risk of sexual exploitation, and their families. Significant time was given to talking to young people about sensitive issues through support work, participation opportunities but also for DVDs made for training and awareness purposes. Therefore I am aware of the value in listening to the views and ideas of young people.

Although I never been directly involved in a service dedicated to domestic violence it is a theme that has continually run through my practice including supporting children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties in schools, parents’ groups at Sure Start and SCARPA. In addition I sat on the CPS Scrutiny Panel for Violence Against Women for four years where we looked in detail at investigations and legal decisions re domestic and sexual violence, in order to improve practice. It was during this time that my interest in the field started to grow and I began to look at all my work from an increasingly feminist perspective.

I have always had an interest in Politics and housing as a subject. I have observed with great concern the demise of housing as a political issue. While it is now coming into greater focus both politically and in the media, the implications of years of neglect are becoming apparent. The emphasis on housing was major factor in my decision to apply for this PHD.

My previous qualifications are MA Community and Youth (Durham) and BA Hons Politics (York).

Field of Study

How children and young people who have lived with domestic violence experience housing and ideas of home.

Research interests

  • Children and Young People
  • Domestic Violence
  • Housing and Homelessness