STIR – Safeguarding Teenage Intimate Relationships

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  • To map relevant EU research, policy and practice
  • To document the incidence, impact and dynamics of online, offline experiences of partner violence and views on prevention
  • To explore young peoples’ experiences of partner violence and control within young peoples’ lives
  • To develop an appropriate directly accessible web-based resource and app for young people


  • Expert consultation with a group of national experts for each partner to identify what is known about the use of ICT in young peoples’ relationships
  • A school-based survey addressing the interconnection between online/offline spaces in young people’s relationships
  • 100 interviews with young people to explore experiences and perceptions of partner abuse within online/offline spaces
  • Development of an accessible web-based re source and downloadable app
  • Creation of an Advisory group convened through an existing EU forum


  • STIRitAPP – The app of the STIR project: It guides the user in a journey to explore different aspects of relationships, to assess their partner’s and their own behaviour in a relationship, and to find out how they can ask for help if they need it [Available language versions: en|it|bg|el|nb]
  • Briefing Papers on Intimate Teenage Violence. The research involved more than 4,000 young people aged 14-17 in the UK, Norway, Cyprus, Italy and Bulgaria. Qualitative and quantitative data were analyzed and are the focus of these briefing papers. Intimate Teenage Violence is understood as violence in teenage couples, exercised both online (through sexting, sharing of intimate images, etc.) and offline (physical, psychological, etc.)


  • University of Bristol (United Kingdom)
  • University of Central Lancashire – UCLAN (United Kingdom)
  • Norwegian Centre of Violence and Traumatic Stress (Norway)
  • Applied Research and Communication Fund (Bulgaria)
  • Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (Cyprus)

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Date of the project

01/01/2013 – 01/01/2015

DG of reference

DG Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship – DAPHNE III Programme



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