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Study into violence against parents at Brighton university
5:30pm Wednesday 27th February 2013 in News
Children who violently attack their parents are the subject of a major study by researchers.
The University of Brighton has secured a £641,000 grant to look into the issue and raise awareness of how and why young people become violent.
Incidents are said to involve young teenage boys and girls who use physical or psychological abuse to gain power, usually over their mothers.
Academics will be working with Brighton and Hove City Council and universities and institutes from Ireland, Spain, Bulgaria and Sweden as part of a project on child to parent violence (CPV).
The aim is to find out how countries across Europe handle the problem and to find ways to provide support and increase awareness in the UK.
Paula Wilcox, principal lecturer in the university’s school of applied social science, said: “This problem is rarely articulated in Government policy and it remains a taboo subject that parents and carers find difficult to disclose.”
The project will assess the effectiveness of two projects which work to support parents and young people with problems, including the Break4Change scheme in Brighton and Hove.
Parents are also taught about non-violent resistance as a method of dealing with problems.
Sue Shanks, chairwoman of the city council’s children and young people committee, said: “Child-to-parent violence is unacceptable and deeply worrying, so it is vital that we look at all good practice to find out what we can do to prevent it.
“As a council, we already run innovative and targeted schemes.”
Funding for the project has been provided by the European Commission under the Daphne III programme.
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