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Between a rock and a hard place

How parents deal with children who use substances and perpetrate abuse

The family should be a place of love and safety for all family members. This is not the reality for a significant number of adults and children whose safety is violated by abuse and violence within the home. National policy in the UK has taken giant strides in recent years to recognise and begin to address the devastating effects of domestic violence on the lives of those who suffer it. Conceptually, however, domestic violence responses remain focussed on violence and abuse perpetrated by adults to other adults or children.