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Child to Parent Abuse Project
Funded by Comic Relief, Adfam is running a project working with and supporting adults affected by child to parent abuse perpetrated by a substance misusing child.
Child to parent abuse takes many forms and includes emotional abuse, financial exploitation, death threats, serious physical assaults, destruction of property in the home and social isolation caused by emotional manipulation. When child to parent abuse is combined with substance misuse, victims are often hit by the double shame of these two stigmatised issues, making it harder for them to access support.
The project began in May 2016 and will run for three years. We will develop training and a toolkit of resources to enable those completing the training to become peer support volunteers and in this role to deliver peer support to others affected by child to parent abuse. The peer support volunteers will also help to deliver training to professionals on child to parent abuse. We believe that the best people to support people affected by child to parent abuse are ‘experts by experience’ – those who have experience of the issue themselves.
This project builds on Adfam and AVA’s 2012 project ‘Between a rock and a hard place’ which looked at the experiences of parents who were victims of domestic abuse from their substance using children. This in turn had built on Adfam’s previous work on domestic violence.