This page includes links to research taking place and requests for help with research; as well as links to published theses and dissertations. If you would like your work to be included, please contact me with details. 


If you are interested in Spanish language work, the website SEVIFIP has a page devoted to doctoral theses.

For research conducted by members of the International Network Addressing Filial Violence, see  the links on this page of the Monash University website.


Sophie Turner, a journalism student at Bournemouth University, recently obtained a “first” for her project on parent abuse. It was very encouraging to have someone from a completely different field to usual taking an interest in the subject.
You can see the finished project here.
Congratulations Sophie!


Research Requests

Dr Amanda Holt is leading a research project to find out grandparents’ experiences of aggressive / violent behaviour from their grandchildren, often in a kinship care context. It involves interviewing grandparents to learn more about it. She is keen to speak with anyone with experience of this. To find out more see this post. Amanda would also like to speak to any practitioners who have come across young people’s use of aggression towards grandparents in a kinship care context: teachers, CAMHS workers, social workers, police, family lawyers, health workers, GPs. You can contact her via her email or DM her on twitter.


Thien Trang Nguyen is researching adult child to parent abuse at Anglia Ruskin University, and would like to hear from parents who have experienced this.


The organisation Surviving Economic Abuse has a 5 minute survey about how people have found support and information after experiencing economic abuse – from whatever quarter. You will find more information here and here. (February 2020)

They are also interested in speaking to parents who may be able and willing to anonymously speak out about being abused by an adult child – this may include coercive control, including demanding money etc. Please get in touch directly:

Ged McElhone, of the University of Cumbria, is researching the parental experience of child to parent violence and seeks participants for a study to inform this larger project.”The research aims to explore the lived experiences of parents, expressed in their own terms, regarding Child to Parent Violence (CPV).  It will focus on each individuals unique circumstances; this will be achieved by considering matters such as onset, or recognition of CPV, how the individual attempted to make sense of the CPV, how they defined the acts of violence and abused directed towards them and how to explore their experiences of support and intervention, if indeed any was available to them.”

CPV Research Directory

A list of current and recent research projects in the field of child to parent violence and abuse. Click for more information and contact details.


Victoria Baker, University of Central Lancashire, Exploring the abuse of parents by their teenage children: the experiences and perceptions of young people

Dr Hannah Bows, University of Durham, Sexual Abuse of Parents and Grandparents

Dr Shihning Chou, University of Nottingham, The associations between experiencing family violence and maltreating parents and the psychological underpinning of these associations

Fiona Creevy, University of Huddersfield, Walking on Eggshells: Parents’ Perspectives on Child-Initiated Family Abuse (provisional title)

Dr Amanda Holt, University of Roehampton, Investigating violence against grandparents in a kinship care context

Ruth Jones, OBE, University of Worcester, Should public policy and service provision responses to violence & abuse perpetrated by young people against parents in West Mercia be formulated within the dominant domestic violence framework?

Dr Sam Lewis, University of Leeds, Developing the Police Response to Child-to-Parent Violence

Gerard McElhone, University of Cumbria, Child to Parent Violence: An analysis of child to parent violence, focusing on the development of appropriate measures to improve future outcomes for children and families

Dr Caroline Miles, University of Manchester, Improving Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment

Thien-Trang Nguyen-Phan, Anglia Ruskin University, The ‘Dark Side of Families’: Exploring the Dynamics of Adult Child to Parent Abuse

Dr Alexandra Papamichail, University of Brighton, Young people who are violent towards their parents in the UK

Alexa Revels, University of Winchester, An Investigation into Adolescent-to-Parent Violence / Abuse (APVA) and the Available Services in Hampshire Which Run APVA Projects and Programmes

Nikki Rutter, University of Durham, What support needs do parents have when children are violent towards them?

Professor Julie Selwyn, University of Oxford, Evaluation of a Child to Parent Violence Project 2017-18 (report here






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