When we think about work with child to parent violence, the agencies which typically come to mind, and indeed the ones that have attracted the most debate in terms of service provision, would be the police, domestic violence bodies, children’s services, youth offending, health or perhaps schools. While the work of academics such as Judy Nixon, examining the impact of intensive family support, drew attention to parent abuse as part of the bigger picture of disruptive and dysfunctional family life, there has not been the focus on housing support that might have been warranted. So it was very interesting to make contact with the Family Support Project workers from Wolverhampton Homes Housing Inclusion Team, as a result of the recent conference in Nottingham, and to explore with them the work that they do in this field. Continue reading
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In my last post I referred to the emergence of a number of themes through the day as we met last week in Nottingham. I want to return to one of these now, namely the issues around conceptualising child to parent violence as domestic violence.
This is something that has been covered by a number of people in the past (e.g. Holt or Hunter, Nixon and Parr), but it keeps re-emerging for a number of reasons. Firstly, much of the work being developed in Britain at the moment is taking place within agencies also dealing with adult intimate partner violence, forcing the issue as adjustments are made to approaches or expectations. Secondly, the change in definition of domestic violence within Britain to include perpetrators aged 16 upwards, has been hailed by some as a positive move, allowing the open discussion of the topic in a new way, and the recognition within policy of the reality of parent abuse. Continue reading
I was very excited to read about a new parent abuse support project established in Bristol in April, as I know this has been on the cards for nearly a year since Judy Nixon went to speak at a conference there and inspired practitioners to take this forward.
The 13 week programme is designed for parents with children of secondary school age, is being run by the Single Person Action Network (SPAN) with Wish for a Brighter Future, and is funded through Bristol City Council and Children in Need. Parents are offered work to enable them to stay safe and to understand the underlying reasons for their child’s behaviour. There is a recognition that parents do not necessarily want to involve the police or courts, because of the consequences for their children.
Wish has run one-to-one support for parents who are victims of violence from their children since January and has received more than 100 referrals so far, amply demonstrating the need for such a service. It is tragic to realise there are so many parents suffering abusive behaviour from their children, and without adequate support up to now.
More details and contact numbers are available here.
Judy Nixon, Professor of Social Governance at Sheffield Hallam University, introduces findings from her recent research in this video from Research in Practice. The overwhelming message is that we need to talk about parent abuse more, in order to raise awareness and bring it eventually to policy makers’ attention.
Update October 2017: It looks like this vimeo may no longer be available to view. I would welcome information about a more up to date link.