Criminal behaviour must be understood if it is to be prevented. Such understanding as we already possess indicates that the roots of criminal violence lie in child abuse (whether physical, sexual or emotional): this is the problem that needs tackling.
More services are needed to help and support the parents of infants and young children in order to break the cycle of abused children becoming abusing parents. Investment in crime prevention must begin in the cradle. Condemnation of violence cannot prevent it.
Consultant Child Psychotherapist
The Tavistock Clinic
21 FebruaryReuse content