A Practitioner’s Guide!

I am proud to announce that the book I have been working on for the last year is due for publication very soon!

Child to Parent Violence and Abuse, a Practitioner’s Guide to Working with Families, published by Pavilion, is the culmination of my collecting testimony over a much longer period of time – listening particularly to families for their insights into the kinds of support which have been helpful, or not. At the same time, social workers, schools workers, practitioners within housing, domestic abuse, the police, and health have also shared their experiences both of successful interventions and of the horror of not knowing how to help. I have tried to make it accessible and practical. By that I mean that it is not particularly academic, though there are plenty of references to follow up for those who want a more academic approach; and it is full of suggestions of things to think about and to do, as well as  places to find resources or more information. I fear I may have disappointed anyone hoping for a step by step, walk-you-through every possible scenario. As we learn more about child to parent violence and abuse, we see that each family’s situation and experience is unique to them and so it would be impossible to cover every eventuality. There are, however, enough commonalities to offer clear guidelines, based on an understanding of the issues, and a challenge to put aside myths and stereotypes.

Whether you work with families full time or once in a while, whether you consider ourself highly experienced or just starting out, whether you are in a statutory setting or a small voluntary group, I hope there will be something in there for everyone who encounters this issue, to enable you to feel better equipped to offer families the support they so desperately need.

I would like to acknowledge and thank all those who have made this possible, whether through talking about their own experiences, sharing research and thinking, or offering encouragement and practical help; and of course Pavilion over the last months for the publication process itself.

This is just a taster! I hope to be able to offer more news soon.


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10 responses to “A Practitioner’s Guide!

  1. Colette Morgan

    Helen, this is wonderful, many congratulations, can’t wait to read it.

  2. Lily Anderson

    Helen – I am so looking forward to reading your book! Congratulations and thank you for all that you have already contributed to this arena of work.
    Lily Anderson

    • Thank you Lily. I will admit to being a little nervous still! I could not have done it without all the people who have worked so hard already in this field – yourself and Greg included.

  3. I don’t doubt this book will be insightful and rewarding to each reader – I am looking forward to getting my copy – congratulations Helen.

  4. Kate Warne

    Really looking forward to reading it and gaining from your wealth of knowledge Helen. Although not directly related to CPV I wondered how helpful the landmark case this week, utilising the newish law on “Control and Coercive Behaviour within an intimate family relationship” will be in helping professionals understand the long term emotional effect of living in a household where a child attempts to dominate the parent?

    • Thanks Kate for your comments and encouragement! It is so important that the issue of coercive control has been brought out into the open. Having people talk about it and understand more the effects of living in such an environment must help to move forward our response too.


    wow this is amazing news! Really looking forward to getting my copy and reading. Well done for all your hard work 🙂

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