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Police are receiving 4,000 reports of children abusing their parents during the lockdown


At least 4,000 cases of children attacking their own parents were reported to police during the lockdown, alarming figures show.

Such violent episodes increased 25 percent from March to June, when outside-home social contact was limited to fighting the pandemic.

The attacks included a mother who was pinned to the wall and throttled by her daughter, who was also chasing her with a wooden plank.

She told ITV's Good Morning Britain, which compiled the data, “I cannot describe the desperation I feel. I felt angry, powerless … This is not a happy healthy child who acts like this. & # 39;

Activists have labeled attacks on children and parents as a "hidden" part of domestic abuse, which they believe intensified during the crisis when typical support structures were swept away.

Today's sobering statistics have restarted a debate about lip smacking too, but calls for them to be used to hardwire discipline have been vigorously opposed by charities.

At least 4,000 cases of children attacking their own parents were reported to police during the lockdown, alarming figures show (file photo)

Activists have labeled attacks on children and parents as a "hidden" part of domestic abuse (Jane Griffiths pictured).

Activists have labeled attacks on children and parents as a "hidden" part of domestic abuse (Jane Griffiths pictured).

Around half of the police force in England and Wales responded to GMB's request on freedom of information, which revealed 4,274 cases of assault.

A mother using the false name Kath told the program about the horror of being beaten by her own daughter.

She said, “I cannot describe the desperation I feel. I was angry, powerless, desperate for her and wanted her to get the support she needs because it comes from a position of mental health problem. This is not a happy healthy child who acts like this.

"She started smacking, it escalated … She had leaned me against the wall with her hands around my neck, she chased me with a piece of wood to try to attack me with it."

She added, “There were times when I felt really in danger from the thought that this could go wrong, I could fall down the stairs, or she could hit me and I could hit my head wrong.

"I often have to call the police to de-escalate the situation and remove it from the environment. To be honest, in times like these I feel completely relieved just to have some air."

The attacks included a mother (pictured left) who was nailed to the wall and throttled by her daughter, who was also chasing her with a wooden board

The attacks included a mother (pictured left) who was nailed to the wall and throttled by her daughter, who was also chasing her with a wooden board

But charities have rejected requests that parents should instill discipline through lip smacking.

On this morning's show, GMB host Kate Garraway revealed that many viewers had responded by proposing punishment for parents.

However, this was rejected by Jane Griffiths, founder and director of CAPA First Response, a charity aimed at helping family members experience this violence.

She said, “If you hit a child, you will only create fear in a child. It will not help a child understand healthy or positive relationships and thereby improve their behavior, and we hear this pretty often, "Oh, if you just set tighter boundaries". This is not an overarching issue, it is not about setting sufficient boundaries. & # 39;

On child and parent abuse, she added: "It's the hidden part of domestic abuse … there isn't much the police can do other than take the path of criminalization, which we really advocate not to happen . "

When the plight of domestic violence victims was arrested during the pandemic, the government poured £ 2 million into support services in April

When the plight of domestic violence victims was arrested during the pandemic, the government poured £ 2 million into support services in April

She added, “Young people who use parenting child abuse do so out of fear, lack of control and feelings of insecurity.

"When you add Covid to that mix and there is a lack of routine and safety, that behavior is amplified and intensified."

When the plight of domestic violence victims was arrested during the pandemic, the government poured £ 2 million into support services in April.

The increase in cases of children attacking their parents was highlighted in Parliament by the victim's commissioner, Dame Vera Baird.

She told the Commons Judiciary Committee, “This is a new type of abuse that likely suggests children want and are not allowed to go out.

“We're talking about teenagers and that's a concern. In a way, there is an increase in this type of domestic abuse that is just coming through. & # 39;

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