Mother menaced with knife by son, 12

Bay of Plenty Times 24th July 2009

A frightened Tauranga mother had to lock herself in the bathroom after her 12-year-old son tried to stab her with a knife in one of the latest incidents of a new type of family violence escalating in the Bay. The incident – revealed this week – escalated after a minor confrontation, Relationship Services said.

It was one of many recently that has required parents to seek police intervention or help from social agencies after being assaulted or threatened with weapons, including knives. Children injuring their parents or using “standover tactics” were both escalating issues, the Bay of Plenty Times has been told. …He said the family counselling service was seeing more angry and aggressive adolescent males who did not have a lot of coping skills. Unprovoked attacks were the most disturbing.