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The number of reported crimes involving children attacking parents has doubled in the past three years, data suggests. Comparable data from 19 police forces in England, Wales and the Channel Islands saw annual incidents jump from 7,224 in 2015 to 14,133 in 2018.
Tom Madders, from mental health charity Young Minds said “The figures are alarming but they don’t surprise us. When a young person is behaving in this way towards their parents there is a high likelihood that there is some sort of mental distress involved and that young person is communicating that they do need some support and too often that support is too hard to access. People are reaching out for support and not getting it and often having to resort to calling the police as the only line of support”
Research found that women who have been abused by their partner are three times more likely to suffer mental ill health. They will often suffer from depression, anxiety of severe conditions such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder than other women, according to research.
The researchers from Birmingham University say that opportunities to spot the signs of domestic abuse, and to tackle it, are being missed. “There does seem to be significant under-recording of domestic abuse within UK primary care. We are not saying that GPs should be asking the question more,” said Dr Joht Singh Chandan, academic clinical fellow in public health and lead author.