Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 22, Issue 7, pp 563–574 | Cite as

Child–Parent Violence: An Empirical Analysis of Offender, Victim, and Event Characteristics in a National Sample of Reported Incidents

  • Jeffrey A. Walsh
  • Jessie L. Krienert
Original Article


Child–parent violence (CPV) is arguably the most under-researched form of family violence, despite an extremely high rate of occurrence and increasing prevalence. Prior research has been plagued by shortcomings including, but not limited to, a reliance on small clinical samples, age parameter restrictions, antiquated data, undefined parental relationships, and conflicting findings across studies. The current research examined a large cross-national sample of reported offenders (n = 17,957), collected as part of the 2002 National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Extrapolated from past literature, victim and offender demographics and incident characteristics are analyzed using chi-square tests and logistic regression to establish baseline findings from a more comprehensive sample of data than previously existed. Aggregate results suggest, in part, that white biological mothers older than 40 years of age are most likely to be victimized by their male children 14–17 years of age. Further, a majority of assaults involve personal weapons and tend to result in minor injury or no injury with very few offenders under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This work both corroborates and contrasts past finding of CPV research providing new insights into this complex crime and the baseline data needed to inform theory and test hypotheses.


Child–parent violence Parental abuse Battered parent syndrome Violence Juveniles 



The opinions expressed herein are solely the authors’ and do not reflect the opinions or official position of any other individuals or organizations. We wish to thank the editor and reviewers for their helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminal Justice SciencesIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA

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