Parents abused by their own children – Abuse Is Never Okay

Written by on November 10, 2021

Data from just 10 forces reveal 42,000 incidents were instigated by adolescents and children aged 19 and under between 2018 and 2021.

According to police force Freedom of Information data, 42,000 incidents were instigated by adolescents and children aged 19 and under between January 2018 and June 2021.

The growing issue of child-to-parent abuse has been highlighted by 5 News, in reports broadcast last night and tonight, after data requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

Parents told of needing hospital treatment, daily physical attacks, and damage to their homes, in one case.

Michelle John, founding director of the social enterprise, Parental Education Growth Support – set up to support victims of child-parent abuse – added: “We are keeping this form of domestic abuse in the darkness and that is not okay.

“We would never suggest to an intimate partner of domestic abuse to go on a programme to be a better partner, yet the first thing parents are told is to go on a course to be a better parent – it is victim-blaming.”

The police forces which provided Freedom of Information data were Cleveland Police, Dorset Police, Essex Police, Humberside Police, Lancashire Constabulary, Metropolitan Police, Norfolk Constabulary, North Wales Police, South Wales Police and Suffolk Constabulary.

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