Families & Relationships

It is now recognized that certain factors can cause families to become trapped into a pattern or cycle of abusive behaviour.

There is compelling evidence to suggest that the experiences and behaviour a child witnesses (and learns) in his or her early life is a huge determining factor in how they go on to live their own adult life and their attitudes.

There are also clear indications however to suggest that by putting in place the appropriate preventative factors early on in life, destructive cycles of behaviour can be broken. Children from dysfunctional environments can, given the right interventions and opportunities, break this pattern of behaviour and grow up to be well-rounded individuals leading happy and positive lives.

See also Family Matters, Family Matters and the Arts, Domestic and Sexual Abuse.


Working with the new National Offender Management Service, criminal justice, local authorities and other agencies to strengthen and develop community resources to help prisoners find work, accommodation and support on their release from prison.

Patterns & Profiles of Abuse (October 2007)

Thames Valley Partnership hosted a strategic conference on 2 October 2007, which looked at Patterns & Profiles of Abuse: domestic abuse, sexual offending and child sexual abuse – the implications for mental health. In addition to a number of  key speakers from the fields of forensic psychology, psychiatry, public health and domestic violence consultancy, six specialist workshops were also available. The event attracted well over 100 visitors.

Here are copies of presentations made at the conference:

Further reading:

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