Is parent abuse a form of domestic violence?

Paula Wilcox

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There is a lack of research on parent abuse in the UK and a lack of research on the overlap between domestic violence and parent abuse internationally. This article explores why this is the case. Findings suggest that conceptual conflicts in defining both concepts, in framing children’s safety as subsumed under mothers’ safety and the desire to challenge deterministic ‘cycle of violence’ models, may unwittingly have contributed to the failure to address parent abuse in the domestic violence field. The author argues that only by integrating parent abuse into the domestic violence framework will this issue be appropriately addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-288
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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© Cambridge University Press, 2012


  • Domestic violence
  • parent abuse
  • children


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