Responding to Child to Parent Violence

Responding to Child to Parent Violence is a multi-agency research project led by the University of Brighton. The project team consists of organisations in the UK, Bulgaria, Ireland, Spain and Sweden, brought together to study the emerging problem of abuse perpetrated by children on their parents and carers.

Child to parent violence: "...any harmful act by a teenage child intended to gain power and control over a parent. The abuse can be physical, psychological, or financial." Cottrell (2003)

Project film resources on Child to Parent violence now downloadable!

We are very excited to be sharing with you news from The Responding to Child to Parent Violence (CPV) team that after two years of research, planning and filming we have produced two films about CPV, The first captures professionals' thoughts on what is meant by CPV (5 minutes). The second reports key findings from our action research project for policy makers and practitioners (25 minutes). Thanks to EU Daphne programme funding we have been working closely with parents, young people and professionals to understand – and convey – how CPV has affected them in their own or their working lives. We have spoken with over three hundred people – who have shared their experiences with us and we are very grateful indeed for their generosity and support.

It has been an emotional journey learning about the complex feelings raised by CPV and the huge difficulties faced by parents and children trying to get appropriate advice, help and support with this issue. Through working with our talented film maker, Alice Ross and AudioActive, we are now pleased to be able to give voice to many of their experiences and lives.

The work is part funded by the European Union's Daphne III programme, which supports Europe-wide projects that address issues of violence against children, young people and women and aims to attain a high level of health protection, well-being and social cohesion.