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100 cases of child on parent violence reported in 2 years

The issue usually goes unreported

Photo: Jonathan Borg

Photo: Jonathan Borg

A total 100 cases of child on parent violence have been reported in the past two years, Family Minister Michael Falzon said this morning.

The minister was delivering the opening speech at a seminar on 'Child-to-Parent Violence and Children Witnessing Violence'.

Child to parent violence often occured among children aged 13 to 17, the minister said.

Described as gender-based violence by the CEO for the Foundation for Social Welfare Services Alfred Grixti, the cases often involved young boys abusing their mothers.

The issue usually went unreported as mothers experienced shame and victim blaming when they came forward.

"It goes hand in hand with a problem we have not yet addressed," the minister said.

"The reality is that children who are raised in domestic violence often become violent themselves."

The state, he said, was duty bound to ensure that that children were brought up in a safe environment.

The minister appealed for cooperation among national entities and stakeholders to end domestic violence.

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