Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Violence Brings More Violence

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Violence Brings More Violence

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Byline: MEL MCMILLAN news@northernstar.com.au

IT IS difficult to tell if there has been a rise in violence from children toward parents, according to Pam Lewis, director of client services at Relationships Australia.

"We don't deal with the general population," she said.

"The group we deal with is already experiencing problems."

What is clear, Ms Lewis said, is children who grow up in families where there is violence and high conflict are more likely to be violent.

"If physical ways of reacting are tolerated then children may become violent," she said.

Violence often began in adolescence, Ms Lewis said.

"Teenagers may discover they are bigger and stronger than their parents," she said.

"If they have grown up in a culture of violence then it (violence) is a natural progression.

"If they get into drugs it makes it worse."

The most important thing parents can give their children is emotional warmth and structure, Ms Lewis said. …

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