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One form of domestic abuse involves a parent breaking their child’s connection with the other parent. Mikhail Seleznev/iStock/Getty Images Plus

When parents turn children into weapons, everybody loses

Some parents engage in domestic abuse by influencing their children to fear, dislike or distrust their other parent. What happens next is a cascade of losses.
Sir Bradley Wiggins at the HSBC UK National Track Championships, 3 March 2022. PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo/Zac Goodwin

Bradley Wiggins alleges he was sexually groomed by a coach when he was about 13: expert explains safeguarding in sport and what more needs to be done

In a recent survey, 20% of respondents said that when they were under 18 years old they had experienced sexual abuse from adults or peers that involved physical or bodily contact.
One child in three is physically or sexually abused or witnesses violence between adults in their home. Other adversities including emotional neglect, living in an unsafe neighbourhood or experiencing prejudice and bullying are even more common. (iStock)

Childhood adversity is a ‘cause of causes’ of adult illnesses and mental health problems

One in three children experiences abuse or neglect. These adverse events increase lifelong risks for chronic diseases and mental health issues, creating a public health hazard hiding in plain sight.
Women’s reports of domestic violence are widely rejected by family courts. The Image Bank/Getty Images

Victims of domestic abuse find no haven in family courts

Family courts’ hostility – both in the US and abroad – toward claims of paternal or spousal abuse has been widely reported. Now there’s an in-depth study that documents that hostility.
Public spending aimed at reducing poverty can lead to deep reductions in child maltreatment and could improve overall child well-being. shih-wei/ E+ via Getty Images

State spending on anti-poverty programs could substantially reduce child abuse and neglect

Public investments in benefit programs could save tens of thousands of children from being victims of child abuse and have important later-life effects on child welfare and overall health.

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