Bullying in Families

Bullying can and does take place in families that can be devastating to family member's self esteem, mental, physical, psychological health and inclination and/or ability to socialize. In extreme circumstances, bullying in the home can even lead to suicide or self harm.

Self harm may include alcohol or drug abuse, over spending, scratching to break the skin, or even cutting the body.

Some of these behaviours can eventuate in serious addiction problems over time.

Sometimes bullying in the home can occur when a family member is suffering from a personality disorder. Bullying behaviour is symptomatic of several personality disorders including Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Paranoid Personality Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.

Ways in which bullying may occur in families:

Another name for bullying in families is Domestic Violence and is taken seriously by the authorities

Reporting children at risk

If a child is deemed at risk by a family member, friend, teacher or neighbour, then it may be appropriate to contact the Child Protection Helpline.

"Now the new threshold of risk of significant harm has come into effect":

  • "Mandatory reporters employed in Government agencies (Health, Education, Police and Human Services) that have a Child Wellbeing Unit (CWU) in their agency can call their CWU for help in identifying whether a case meets the new threshold of risk of significant harm; however, if the Mandatory Reporter Guide indicates there is risk of significant harm, they should contact the Child Protection Helpline directly.
  • Mandatory reporters employed by non-government organizations (NGOs) or by government agencies without a CWU will still report matters where they believe a child is at risk of significant harm to the Child Protection Helpline on 133 627.
  • The general public will continue to make reports to the Child Protection Helpline by calling 132 111."
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