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About CPVA

The following is the definition of child to parent violence and abuse that we use on this website.

Child to parent violence and abuse is an abuse of power through which children & young people aged 18 years of age and younger coerces, controls or dominates others in the family. It is a pattern of harmful acts through which a child or adolescent gains power and control over family members through threats or use of physical, psychological and/or financial abuse/ violence. If parents/carers feel they must adapt their behaviour due to threats or abusive/ violent behaviour by a child or adolescent, then there is child to parent violence.


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