Teenagers are increasingly emotionally and physically abusing their parents, lashing out when they don't get their way or are denied something. Family psychologists and researchers have identified an increase in the number of cases of parents being abused by their kids, which they attribute to the sense of entitlement with which children grow up today. NSW crime statistics show that the percentage of domestic violence call-outs involving a child threatening and harassing their parent has risen from 5.
While physical abuse is shocking due to the marks it leaves, not all signs of child abuse are as obvious. Regardless of the type of abuse, the result is serious emotional harm. But there is help available.
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Only 14, James not his real name once ordered his parents out of the master bedroom so that he could sleep there. James would also smash objects at home, and these episodes happened so frequently, police officers at the police station near their home have become familiar with the family, said his counsellor. Counsellor Clinton Galistan said: "The parents had become hostage to the situation, and the boy controlled the family. Such cases, where children are abusive towards parents or grandparents, are not as uncommon as some may think, experts told The New Paper.
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Child abuse includes physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse and neglect. Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a community responsibility. Most adults want to help but are unsure of how to get involved.
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I am continually encouraged by the openness and indeed willingness of the BBC and other media to tackle the issue of child to parent violence and abuse. When I am contacted there is a recognition that this is an important emerging topic; and there is an understanding of the prevailing myths and that a more nuanced explanation is called for than simply attributing it to poor parenting. Making this a commonplace event helps families to recognise that other people are experiencing something similar, it breaks down isolation, and it makes it easier to find the words to describe the problems and ask for help. It also has the potential to generate a greater understanding in the wider population.
Updated July 30, The stereotypical notion of domestic violence has usually meant some form of abuse from one spouse to another, or from adult or child, but police and social workers are reporting a growing trend of children assaulting their parents. Victorian police statistics show a 26 per cent increase in domestic violence incidents involving a perpetrator under 19 years old.