It has long been said that there is a correlation between deliberate fire deaths and domestic violence. Given that fire can be used as a weapon, addressing domestic violence may result in reduced arson and vice versa. To this end, a new research project has been launched which works with children and young people to investigate the link between deliberate fire setting and a background of domestic violence. The study is being carried out by researchers at the University of Northampton’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing, in partnership with the joint Arson Task Force (Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service).
The aim is to interview children and young people aged between five and 18 who have been actively involved in arson or fire setting, as well as their parents or carers. The Arson Task Force (ATF) already carries out intervention work with both children and adults who are known to be fire setters or arsonists and it is believed that at least 75 per cent of these people have domestic violence in their backgrounds. Their work has highlighted that children as young as five have been involved in fire setting, having experienced violence in their family.
There exists good support networks such as that provided by Victim Supporthttps://www.victimsupport.org.uk/crime-info/types-crime/arson
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