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Becoming cuckooed: conceptualising the relationship between disability, home takeovers and criminal exploitation.

Macdonald, Stephen J, Donovan, Catherine, Clayton, John and Husband, Marc (2022) Becoming cuckooed: conceptualising the relationship between disability, home takeovers and criminal exploitation. Disability and Society. pp. 1-21. ISSN 1360-0508

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Abstract

This article explores the phenomenon whereby disabled people’s homes are being occupied (i.e. cuckooed) by local perpetrators and/or county lines organised criminal groups. This study employs a qualitative biographical methodology that collects data from disabled people who have been victimised this way and practitioners who have worked with them. The findings illustrate that social isolation, loneliness and a lack of community services can create a space where the exploitation of disabled people can flourish. We conclude by demonstrating that cuckooing predominantly occurs at a local level, perpetrated by local people, rather than by county lines organised criminal groups; that, in fact, local cuckooing can predate county lines takeovers.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Cuckooing, home takeover, mate crime, county lines, local gangs, organised criminal groups (OCGs)
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Depositing User: Marc Husband

Identifiers

Item ID: 14841
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2022.2071680
ISSN: 1360-0508
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/14841
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09687...

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ORCID for Stephen J Macdonald: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4409-9535

Catalogue record

Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2022 13:17
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2022 13:17

Contributors

Author: Stephen J Macdonald ORCID iD
Author: Catherine Donovan
Author: John Clayton
Author: Marc Husband

University Divisions

Faculty of Education and Society > School of Social Sciences

Subjects

Social Sciences > Community and Youth Work
Social Sciences > Criminology
Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Working with Young People

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