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Hear ME (Mother’s Experiences)

AVA has launched a new research project, Hear ME (Mother’s Experiences) to explore and develop awareness and responses to adult child to parent abuse, focusing on centering the voices of mothers and their experiences.

AVA are now pleased to be able to share the learning from the Hear ME project.

AVA is very grateful to the brilliant Peer Researchers who worked with us on Hear ME to co-produce the Hear ME report and guidance, and to everyone who shared their experiences and expertise with us. We would also like to thank The Emmanuel Kaye Foundation for funding this important project.

The research conducted through Hear ME shows the widescale impact of this type of abuse on mothers and families, as well as challenges with the current framework for support and interventions. It identifies the need for better responses, earlier effective intervention, specialist funding, more campaigning and publicity to raise awareness and visibility of this issue, but also the need for further research. The report makes recommendations at both a local and national level for practice and policy change; while the accompanying guidance provides practical steps and resources for practitioners, to support in improving the response for families experiencing adult child to parent abuse.

Hear ME Resources

Hear ME (Mother’s Experiences) Research Report

The Hear ME research report aims to raise awareness and provide better understanding of mothers’ experiences of adult child to parent abuse (CPA). The report explores the experiences of abuse, the journey in accessing support and identifies clear recommendations for change to improve responses and outcomes for mothers and families facing this form of abuse.


It is a painful clash of two of humans’ most innate instincts- to protect my own life but also to protect my baby’ – Hear ME Mother.

Guidance for Practitioners supporting families experiencing Adult Child to Parent Abuse

The Hear ME guidance for practitioners draws upon the findings and recommendations from the research report, to provide practical steps for practitioners to effectively support families experiencing adult child to parent abuse (CPA).


I just want professionals to understand more what this is really like’ – Hear ME Mother.

Hear ME Webinar

If you have any questions about Hear ME, please contact the project lead, Dhriti Suresh Eapen, by emailing dhriti.suresheapen@avaproject.org.uk.

Child to Parent Abuse Training

AVA are pleased to share that bookings are now open for our revamped Child to Parent Abuse training. Find out more and book your place here.

If you’re interested in running this course in-house for your organisation, please reach out to us at training@avaproject.org.uk for more information. We’d be happy to discuss tailored options to suit your organisation’s needs.

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