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Adolescent to parent violence (APV)


This resarch project aims to raise awareness of the issue and develop recommendations for effective policy to help families experiencing APV.

Underexplored and unarticulated

Adolescent to parent violence has remained underexplored and largely unarticulated within the fields of youth justice, domestic violence, policing, and criminology, particularly in the UK. It is sometimes referred to as ‘parent abuse’, ‘child-to-parent abuse’, ‘child-to-parent violence’ or ‘battered parent syndrome’. A commonly used definition of this problem is ‘any act of a child that is intended to cause physical, psychological or financial damage in order to gain control over a parent’. For the purposes of this project, APV is defined to include any acts of violence, threats of violence, or criminal damage in the home by an adolescent (aged 13-19) towards a parent/carer.


APV is under-researched in the UK and there are no officially recorded data. However, evidence suggests that it is a significant problem and increasing numbers of parents report physical and/or verbal abuse from their children. A Parentline Plus (2010 ) survey revealed that the helpline received 22,537 calls from parents who were being abused by their children between June 2008 and June 2010. Our own research found almost 1900 cases of APV recorded as offences in the Metropolitan Police area in a one year period.

APV poses significant challenges to parents as it inverts traditional familial relationships of power and control. In addition to living in fear of assault, parents who are abused by their children report feelings of shame and blame and are reluctant to report the problem out of a fear of the consequences for their child. There is a lack of knowledge and understanding surrounding APV and little official policy or guidance on the issue.

The purpose of this website is to disseminate findings from this research project on APV and to bring together information and develop a network of academics and practitioners working in this field.

Source: externe linkWebsite with information on the project and outcomes

Conference september 2013

Adolescent to parent violence Conference 23 September 2013: aims to raise awareness and develop recommendations for more informed and effective policy making, and it brought together a wide range of experts to discuss the practical implications of the current lack of an official definition, acknowledgement of the issue, and guidelines for practitioners.
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