Herald Sun (Aust) August 07, 2008
WOMEN are increasingly being threatened and attacked by their young sons – sometimes with weapons. Research into boys who assault their mothers is shedding light on a common but taboo form of family violence. Released yesterday, a report by the Inner South Community Health Service, Child Abuse Research Australia and Monash University in Victioria found sons who abuse their mothers crossed all walks of life and had severe and lasting effects on mothers. Police responded to more than 30,000 reports of family violence between 2006 and 2007, with more than 3500 directly related to attacks by adolescents. Of those, two-thirds were carried out by males.
Police Commissioner Christine Nixon said police had seen a 26 per cent increase in family violence reports involving attacks by adolescents between the 2002-2003 and 2006-2007 financial years. “I knew there was an issue with adolescents . . . but didn’t really understand the size of the problem,” Ms Nixon said.