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:
- Between partners
- From parents to a child or children
- Grandparents to children
- Adults to their elderly parents
- Adolescents towards their parents and other elders
- Other relatives such as aunts or uncles
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":
Source and more information Keep Them Safe, NSW Government
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