More domestic violence on Woman’s Hour

Today’s edition (June 29th 2011 ) of Woman’s Hour included an interview with Professor Dieter Wolke and the agony aunt and family counsellor, Suzie Hayman, regarding sibling bullying. There has been a real upsurge in the exploration of, and understanding about, different kinds of violence experienced within the family, and it is exciting to see this knowledge being given such prominence. It was inevitably a somewhat superficial overview. Professor Wolke worked hard to ensure parents weren’t left feeling as if they were to blame, but there was little concrete help or advice at the end of the interview. Jenni Murray was keen to underline that sibling bullying can amount to domestic violence. It will be interesting to see how this is received and how it adds to the general discussion of violence within the family

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