Macdonald, Stephen J. and Donovan, Catherine and Clayton, John and Husband, Marc (2022) 'Becoming cuckooed: conceptualising the relationship between disability, home takeovers and criminal exploitation.', Disability and Society .
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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|Publisher Web site:||https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2022.2071680|
|Publisher statement:||This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.|
|Date accepted:||22 April 2022|
|Date deposited:||12 May 2022|
|Date of first online publication:||04 May 2022|
|Date first made open access:||24 August 2022|
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