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Living in Misery: Child to Parent and Grandparent Violence and Abuse

Mills, Tyler; Green, Simon; O'Leary, Nicola


Tyler Mills

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Professor Simon Green
Professor of Criminology & Victimology / Senior Researcher in Modern Slavery, Wilberforce Institute


This article investigates the hidden and under-researched phenomenon of child/adolescent-to-parent violence and abuse (CAPVA). Despite the attention given to spousal and child abuse, very little is known about why children abuse their parents or what can be done to prevent it. This article explores how this issue is explained, its effects on parents and carers and the different interventions that have emerged to tackle it. Based on in-depth focus groups with parents, grandparents and practitioners participating in a ‘Who’s in Charge’ intervention in the United Kingdom, this article explores the complex intersection of parenting skills, intergenerational violence, gender, neurodiversity and the associated response (or lack thereof) from education and law enforcement. The article concludes with important new recommendations on, 1) the need for better referral routes, 2) greater emphasis on neurodiversity, 3) very early intervention, 4) the benefit of online platforms used during COVID-19 lockdown for engaging parents and grandparents.


Mills, T., Green, S., & O'Leary, N. (2023). Living in Misery: Child to Parent and Grandparent Violence and Abuse. Temida, 26(2), 163-188.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 13, 2023
Online Publication Date Jul 1, 2023
Publication Date Jul 1, 2023
Deposit Date Dec 1, 2023
Publicly Available Date Dec 6, 2023
Journal Temida
Print ISSN 1450-6637
Electronic ISSN 2406-0941
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 2
Pages 163-188
Keywords Who’s in Charge; CAPVA; Parents; Grandparents; Neurodiversity; Intergenerational; Zoom; WhatsApp; Violence; Abuse
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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Serbia (CC BY-NC-ND).
Copyright ©2023 Victimology Society of Serbia and University of Belgrade, Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation

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