What is Parental aggression?
Parental aggression can appear in many forms;
• physical acts eg, pushing, pulling, slapping, hitting with an object
• isolating behaviours, eg, locking in a cupboard, or a bedroom or restricting their freedom beyond reasonable limits
• verbal acts eg, shouting, put downs, criticisms, general nasty language, constant sarcasm.
Aggression might occur between parents or between parent and child.
Where aggression is ongoing and chronic children suffer both physically and psychologically. Upcoming changes to UK law means that parents can face up to 10 years in jail for emotional cruelty as well as physical cruelty.
Whilst it is normal to get angry from time to time, it is not okay to show aggression such as the forms mentioned above towards your child.
In the case of parental aggression towards each other, it is very important that children are shielded ongoing conflicts.
Where a parent is aggressive towards a child, it is the responsibility of adults around them to ensure that children are safe.
Adults can contact social services to report potential child abuse here: 0808 800 5000. Further details on reporting child abuse can be found here http://www.nspcc.org.uk/
Children also can contact confidential help lines to speak to someone here: Childline 0800 1111