Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse

Adolescent to parent violence and abuse (APVA) may be referred to as ‘adolescent to parent violence (APV)’ ‘adolescent violence in the home (AVITH)’, ‘parent abuse’, ‘child to parent abuse’, ‘child to parent violence (CPV)’, or ‘battered parent syndrome’.
There is currently no legal definition of adolescent to parent violence and abuse. However, it is increasingly recognised as a form of domestic violence and abuse and, depending on the age of the child, it may fall under the government’s official definition of domestic violence and abuse It is important to recognise that APVA is likely to involve a pattern of behaviour.
This can include physical violence from an adolescent towards a parent and a number of different types of abusive behaviours. Violence and abuse can occur together or separately. Abusive behaviours can encompass, but are not limited to, humiliating language and threats, belittling a parent, damage to property, stealing from a parent and heightened sexualised behaviours.
However, some families might experience episodes of explosive physical violence from their adolescent with fewer controlling, abusive behaviours.
Help and Support

PEGS has been set up to support both parents and professionals deal with the issues associated with child to parent abuse. They have awareness and training sessions help people to learn new tools and techniques when dealing with abusive children, what policies are out there to assist families, and what other support networks and frameworks exist in the UK.


Yvonne Newbold MBE ( has easily accessible resources for parents to understand the behaviours they see in their child, and has developed strategies to support parents where their child has diagnosed, or suspected neurodevelopmental conditions


The SEND VCB Project supports families of violent children who also have an additional need to help their child be happier & calmer.. They have over 300 success stories and a Facebook group for parents -


The Connective Parenting group is for any and all parents wanting a more connective way to parent. Based on the Non Violent Resistance or NVR approach it helps parents to connect with their child and manage any difficult behaviours gently. It is a therapeutic way of parenting that engages the child to develop positive self confidence and helps create a harmonious family life.

The group is supportive, not judgemental.


Support is provided to both parents and carer to parent in a way which is likely to increase connection and reduce violence and abusive behaviours