I have mentioned previously the hub page: The silent suffering of parent abuse when children abuse parents. This was started around 3 years ago by Lou Purplefairy and includes information about how to recognise parent abuse, suggestions of where to go for help and an empassioned plea for greater recognition and support for parents. There are over 100 comments on the thread, some from parents describing their experiences and others offering advice and support.
Amidst the agonising stories – very difficult to read – from parents experiencing abuse carrying on over many many years, I was heartened to read “Sandra’s” story, posted 6 weeks ago – so beginning of December 2012. (You’ll have to count back as entries are not dated) Sandra was lucky enough to find understanding and support from a local police officer who had been trained and equipped to recognise and respond to parent abuse. Sadly many parents are not so lucky, though not necessarily the fault of the police officers themselves. Sandra describes a long period of abuse, as a result of which she found alternative accommodation for her daughter. Over time they were able to heal their relationship and make a new start.
Sandra has gone on to complete a Masters dissertation looking at the Health Impacts of Parent Abuse. I would love to read this and to make it more widely available. If Sandra, or anyone who knows her, would like to contact me perhaps we can discuss this further.