Ask yourself these questions:
Most parents want to have a close, respectful and caring relationship with their adolescent. It is very confronting and stressful to acknowledge that their child is abusive and violent. The impact of adolescent violence in the home on parents can be:
feeling ‘unsafe’ in your own home
worrying about her being physically abusive and violent.
feeling alone and isolated
feeling embarrassed about not being able to stop the abuse and violence
feeling desperate about what to do
not knowing where to turn to for help.
feeling you are alone in what is happening at home
feeling too ashamed to tell anyone what is happening.
Grief and loss
Keeping the abuse a secret and not seeking help means the adolescent gets away with their behaviour and you and other family members remain unsafe.
Getting support for your adolescent and yourself can be the first step in keeping you and your family safe and helping your adolescent to make positive change.