Parent abuse: opening up a discussion of a complex instance of family power relations

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In the UK, the issue of parent abuse remains an unacknowledged and under-researched form of family violence receiving little recognition within social policy and professional practice. This may in part be due to the way it transgresses conventional notions of family power relations in which children are seen as potential victims but not as perpetrators. In this paper, we develop a framework for analysing the complexity of family power relations and explore how these may inform the context in which parent abuse and victimisation occurs. This may help to inform constructive policy and practice responses to this issue.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-589
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Issue number4
Early online date3 Sep 2010
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010