Child Parent Violence – A Gendered Phenomenon

Although this is by no means the most prevalent type of domestic abuse, there is the emergence of a distinct form of domestic abuse known as Child Parent Violence (CPV). There has been an identification of a range of complex needs within certain groups of young people. In particular the rise of offences committed within the home identified from multiple sources has shown a gap in what is known about the true extent of familial abuse within Cambridgeshire.

CPV includes child, adolescent and adult child abuse targeted towards one or both parents. The abuse can manifest in a number of ways including verbal, physical, emotional, financial, and in some extreme cases sexual abuse or homicide. Although true prevalence is unknown, CPV is widely recognised as ‘gendered phenomenon’, with the majority of victims acknowledged to be female. Research in Finland identified that 78% of victims in police recorded CPV incidents in 2015/16 were mothers.

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