Understanding trauma as a precursor to parent abuse

Reading around, and attending conferences recently, I have been impressed with the work of practitioners in the area of early childhood trauma, such as Jane Evans and Kate Cairns. Understanding of the physiological impact of stress, fear and uncertainty makes sense of children’s later behaviour, when apparently innocuous events can trigger responses which may not even be understood by the child themselves. This is particularly pertinent to the field of parent abuse where it has been suggested that almost half of abusing young people have experienced domestic violence in their past or current home life.

Watching film such as this, makes it all the more real. Originally made to raise awareness in the training of foster parents, ReMoved shows the devastating emotional impact on children of living with domestic violence.

ReMoved stands as a powerful and eloquent call for early intervention to enable children to be safe, and to come to terms with their experiences.


Filed under Discussion, Film

2 responses to “Understanding trauma as a precursor to parent abuse

  1. Paul Morris

    I have had the pleasure of meeting Kate Cairns and highly recommwend her online e-learning site KCA Online. We at the Hull Youth Justice Service are in the process of developing Step-Up Uk a model based on the Step-Up programme from Seattle. We ran our pilot and are now developing our final evaluation report along with our practitioner training. I contacted Kate as a result of our experiences of our pilot, Kate has helped us in assessing appropriate resources to prepare both Teens and Parents to address this complex issue. I am hopeful that our plans to integrate Kate’s training in the areas of Brain Development, Attachment and effects of Trauma develop soon.

    We will update Holes in the Wall in respect of our journey so far, again many thanks to all those that have contributed to our learning and development in this area of practice. Thanks to Holes in the Wall (Helen) for linking people up and sharing the knowledge.


    Hull Youth Justice Service.

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