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“Because there are teenagers who abuse their parents.”

I was sent a link to this clip of a Spanish TV programme a few weeks ago. I have been trying to get a translation and still hoping that someone can help with this.

With the figure of 5,000 complaints of violence from children to parents received by prosecutors in 2012, Para Todos La 2 presenter, Marta Caceres, introduces a discussion with Jordi Royo of Amalgama 7 and Javier Urra of Centro Recurra and Director of the Pursue Ginso programme (both Clinical Psychologists) about the issue of child to parent violence. Continue reading

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A mother tells her story from prison

I have posted clips from Dr Phil before. Some may find them controversial or sensationalist but they certainly show parts of life we might otherwise not know about.

This “exclusive interview with the mother who attempted to kill herself and her autistic daughter”, originally aired September 15th 2014, tells the story of a woman who believed she had a “pretty normal reaction to a really horrifically abnormal situation”. It is hard to disagree that her situation was a terrible one: a daughter who might hit her 50 – 100 times a day, knocked her unconscious at least twice and hospitalised her; requests and plans for help that were turned down or unsuccessful. Dr Phil establishes here the difference between understanding and endorsing. Nevertheless, it remains a deeply troubling clip to watch and one that some will find too disturbing. Continue reading

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More news about “My Violent Child”

The June screening of the Channel 5 documentary My Violent Child, which attracted over 1.5 million viewers (available here till June 2015), stirred up some very mixed feelings. There is evidence (comments to Channel 5) that many families found it helpful in showing something of what they were themselves experiencing, thus validating their concerns and fears around living with violent teens. The Southampton practitioner and team featured have received many referrals and have developed their work further as a result. Yet other practitioners were seriously concerned by the possible effects of filming vulnerable young people, including graphic footage of their violent and abusive behaviour, as well as the shortage of positive, constructive answers for families shown in the film. I have blogged about this previously here. Continue reading

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My Violent Child: the documentary.

First broadcast 18th June 2014 on Channel 5. Available until 13 June 2015

There has been a very mixed response to the documentary about child to parent violence screened on Channel 5 on Wednesday June 18th.

The programme followed three families from around the country, with boys ranging in age from 7 – 14 years. In each case the child had been physically and verbally abusive to his mother for many years and also, in some cases, to other members of the family or within school. The violence was extreme – and graphically depicted – including punching, kicking and hair pulling, strangling, property destruction and apparently an incident with a meat cleaver. While each family had found some form of assistance, it was made clear that this remains a problematic issue, with specialist support not easy to find, and at the end while some progress was being made, we were told that Brett’s mother risked losing the respite care that she had found so important. Continue reading

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“My Violent Child”

In February this year, I wrote about a meeting I had had with Nick Poyntz, from Popkorn TV, to discuss ideas about a forthcoming documentary dealing with child to parent violence. I am pleased to say that this programme has been made and is to be aired on Channel 5 at 9pm, Wednesday 18th June, My Violent Child. Continue reading

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A sensitive documentary

I have written in the past about speaking to the media, and some time ago I also blogged about a television company who had been commissioned to produce a documentary about parent abuse. This programme is no longer in production, but I had a very interesting meeting yesterday with Nick Poyntz of PopkornTV who has been brought on board as Director for a programme commissioned by Channel 5. Popkorn have also been pursuing this idea for a while but Nick has brought a new lease of life to the project. We spent over an hour exploring the need for sensitivity, understanding of the ethical issues, input from families into the editing process, and underlying agenda. Nick assures me that there is no hidden story, simply as desire to show the levels of family violence many people experience, to raise awareness and perhaps contribute as a result to campaigning within the policy arena. “My aim, on this project as with all my films, is to make a collaborative documentary which not only gets to the heart of the issues but also benefits those involved.Continue reading

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Parent Abuse covered by the BBC

Following on from the Guardian article at the weekend, there has been coverage across radio and TV regarding the findings of the Oxford University research study into adolescent to parent violence. You can listen to an interview on the BBC Radio 4 PM programme here for the next week (about 50 minutes in). In it ‘Jane’ describes living in fear of her son after a violent assault with a knife, the guilt and shame experienced by parents in her situation, and the help she received from the Rosalie Ryrie Foundation in Wakefield. Her son spent one year living out of the home, but has now returned and with the help she receives she has been able to be more confident in the way she responds to his behaviour, walking away when necessary and establishing good boundaries – feeling safer, though not entirely safe still at this time. Rachel Condry, author of the study, and Joe Lettieri, of PAARS in Enfield, also appeared on the early evening BBC London News television programme, and the interview is to be shown again this evening in the late news programme.

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