This article explores the problem of child maltreatment in a family. It discusses the prevalence and specifics of traumatization of children in a family. It points out the child’s innate vulnerability to parental maltreatment, the tragic nature of the child’s attachment to the harmful parent and the subordinate position which the child is forced to take in an abusive family atmosphere. We highlight the valuable aspects of the developments in neuroscience and the boom in developmental psychology. Scientific findings and the approaches of specialised professional help based thereon contribute to the well-being of children in contemporary society. We conclude that the different types of child maltreatment in a family are always crimes which fall within the scope of the tyranny of interpersonal relationships. The latter is defined within the concept of our work on the (in)visible crime of maltreated children in a family.
Keywords: childhood, parents, violence, exploitation, abuse, tyranny, children’s rights.
Aleksandra Rožman, Ph.D. Christian Gostečnik