An investigation into adolescent-to-parent violence/abuse (APVA) and the available services in Hampshire which run APVA projects and programmes

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Winchester

In Collaboration With

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Principal Researcher

Alexa Revels

Level of Research


Project Start Date

March 2019

Research Context

​APVA is becoming recognised as a serious problem in some families, although it is seen as a somewhat taboo subject (Miles and Condry, 2014). Victims of APVA have stressed that the police and social support teams have not taken their claims seriously leaving them feeling hopeless and enable to cope. Dealing with troublesome adolescents has proven to have negative impact upon physical and mental health; Miles and Condry (2016:808) found that parents reported to be ‘living in fear’ and are ‘being worn down to the point of exhaustion by managing their adolescent’s behaviour’. 

Evidently, APVA should be taken seriously and over the past decade it is slowly being acknowledged as a form of domestic violence – this is reflected in a change in the definition of Domestic Violence and Abuse, 2013 which now includes ‘abuse between those aged 16 or over’ and can now be between family members instead of just between intimate partners (College of Policing, 2016). Whilst this is a huge development, there appears to be a lack of support within Hampshire dealing with APVA cases. An investigation into those services, and establishing practitioner's views on those services, should aid in gaining a better understanding of what is available, with the aim of making recommendations for improvement in the interest of family safety.

Research questions: 

  1. What are practitioners’ views on the level and breadth of support available in Hampshire for families experiencing APVA?
  2. What are practitioner views on attaining specific APVA training to deal with APVA cases? 
  3. Do the views of practitioners differ on the effectiveness of a parent-focussed APVA service, not involving the child, compared with APVA sessions where parents and children separately take part in parallel sessions but intermittently come together to communicate? 
  4. What are practitioners’ views on the effectiveness of their APVA project or programme?

Research Methodology

  • ​7 practitioners working within Hampshire dealing with APVA cases
  • Interviews with practitioners.  These averaged 45 minutes
  • All ethical dimensions were considered to prevent risk of harm to participants and the researcher. 

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

October 2019
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