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Parental Conflict vs.Domestic Abuse

Parental Conflict vs. Domestic Abuse - Support for both

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What is Parental Conflict?


Some level of arguing and conflict between parents is often a normal part of everyday life.  However, there is strong evidence that conflict between parents – whether together or separated – can have a significant negative impact on children’s mental health and long-term life-chances. Not all conflict is damaging, but where this is frequent, intense and poorly resolved it can have a significant negative impact on children’s mental health and long-term life chances.


Damaging conflict between parents can be expressed in many ways such as:

  • aggression
  • silence
  • lack of respect
  • emotional control
  • lack of resolution
  • domestic abuse



What is Domestic Abuse?


Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. It can seriously harm children and young people and witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse. It's important to remember domestic abuse:

  • can happen inside and outside the home
  • can happen over the phone, on the internet and on social networking sites
  • can happen in any relationship and can continue even after the relationship has ended
  • both men and women can be abused or abusers.


Domestic Abuse can happen to anyone. 


Where can I get support around Domestic Abuse and / or Parental Conflict? 


Providing information around signs of Domestic Abuse and where you can go to get further support.



Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.  If English is not your first language, information has been translated into several languages as well as an easy read version.


Here you can contact Domestic Abuse support workers, join forums with other survivors of Domestic Abuse, access a Survivors handbook which offers help in many areas of domestic abuse, as well as further support, advice and resources.


A wide range of information and support, including information around the effects of Domestic Abuse on Women and Children.


If your child has witnessed or experienced domestic violence, here you can find information on where to get help for them.




A helpline for male victims of Domestic Abuse. You can talk to someone via the telephone, via webchat or via email.


Hampshire Local Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse.


Information about what might cause some level of Parental Conflict, ways to reduce this and resources to support.


Find out what 'Reducing Parental Conflict' is and how it is different to domestic abuse or controlling behaviour.

Video resources to show different scenarios of Parental Conflict, to help you see things differently, and do things differently.


Advice and guidance for parents / Carers in conflict or separating.