Who is Abused?

“Parent abuse is a far from rare occurrence today, but it is such a well-hidden form of family violence that it could be happening to our relatives, friends and co-workers without us knowing it. They knew that the idea was so abhorrent that they might be met with disbelief and blame.” (Cottrell 2004)

The women that Barbara Cottrell talked to found it extremely difficult to admit to themselves that their child would hurt them and to move to the next step of naming the child's behaviour as abuse. It was even harder for them to talk about it to others. It was their despair and desperation for help, as well as their desire to help others who are equally isolated, that drove them to find the courage to talk about their families.