Responsible Together 2022

Responsible Together 2022: Addressing early intimate partner violence and child-to-parent violence

The 2022 #ResponsibleTogether campaign turns its eyes to the younger generation and how we can work to prevent and decrease violence at an early stage in life.

See materials from the campaign in our campaigning resources

How do we prevent and stop early intimate partner violence (teen dating violence)?

Social conditioning of boys and girls during their formative years influences gender-related roles and behaviours, which impact patterns of violence and victimisation that persist into their later lives. Thus, promoting healthy gender roles among young people is crucial for fostering more equal relationships and for preventing early intimate partner violence.

What can fathers do?

Parents are their child’s first teachers. Their behaviour is a guide to friendships, intimate relationships and the outside world. Involved and loving fathers teach their children to be kind, caring, and respectful. With positive role models, children are able to treat others well and realise when they are being mistreated.

Having a good relationship with their fathers can make a huge difference to children. For example, they

  • have better friendships.
  • have a lower risk of depression.
  • have better intimate relationships.
  • perform better in school.

Resources for parents

See more resources on consent and healthy sexuality on our CONSENT project website

What is Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (CAPVA)?

Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (CAPVA) describes a dynamic in which a young person engages in abusive behaviour towards a parent or adult carer and where the abusive behaviour is harmful and repeated. Abusive behaviour is physical and emotional violence, coercive and controlling behaviour, sexual and economic abuse.

CAPVA is a serious and growing issue. Parents experiencing this type of violence often have problems recognising and naming the abuse. They feel ashamed and do not know how to react. Similarly, many professionals are unaware of the issue or do not know how to respond.