Physical, Mental, and/or Emotional Abuse
Some dads abuse their children. No wonder their kids hate them.
I find it hard to imagine that any woman would deliberately choose to have a child with a man who would subject any member of his family to physical, mental, or emotional abuse … but you just have to look at the statistics to see how common abusive relationships are.
When a child says ‘I hate my dad’, it is important to establish if the child is a victim of abuse.
Instead of simply assuming that the seemingly pleasant man we meet in the street or see at work or at church is a good father, we owe it to every child to give them the chance to tell us what their father is really like.
Many children are victims of abuse. Because they do not have the power, knowledge or ability to resolve an abusive relationship, they require intervention to help resolve the conflict.
If you become aware of a child subjected to abuse, or have reason to suspect a child is a victim in their own home, please arrange for intervention.