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Alcohol Use and Domestic Violence

 

The co-occurrence of parental alcohol use and domestic violence

According to the survey conducted by Fragile Childhood, 12- to 18-year-olds consider the tendency for arguments and the fear towards a parent as the most common problems caused by alcohol use in home environment. Thus far very little research has been carried out concerning the totality of substance use and the risk of fights and violence at home. However, the published research data with relation to either parental alcohol abuse or domestic violence is often also applicable in such cases where a child is experiencing both.

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Describing the child’s experience

”Usually I just go to my room and stay there alone, even after the fighting stops. I play with my cat until

dinner time. By then pa would be asleep and it is ok to watch TV with mummy. Sometimes I cry myself

to sleep and mummy comes to wake me up. This happens lots - about every two weeks in winter, but

less in summer when father stays away from home due to work.”

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What can I do to help?

Several children and families that are suffering from a parent’s drinking problem and living in the middle of domestic violence need professional support. It is often a matter of everyday actions that any of us would do to answer to a family member’s, friend’s, colleague’s, patient’s or customer’s request for help.

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