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Considering Child to Parent Violence

Recent decades have seen marked changes in societies attitudes towards violence that occurs within families. It would not be considered unusual if the words familial violence were to illicit images of domestic violence (where violence is directed from a male to female partner), and child abuse (wherein physical and/or sexual violence is directed from an adult towards a child). However, familial violence and aggression manifest themselves in many forms that are largely underrepresented; one such violent phenomenon that has, to this time, received little academic research is Child to Parent Violence (CPV). 

Harbin & Madden (1979) challenged established views of family violence, identifying ‘battered parents syndrome’ as a unique phenomenon. Unlike research regarding male perpetrated partner violence, and the abuses of children within the family setting, further research regarding CPV stalled. Research during the 1980’s and 1990’s did identify CPV, however this occurred, generally,…

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