If you are dealing with conflict within your family and it feels like relationships are reaching breaking point, then the chances are that you know exactly what family breakdown means.
‘Family’ means different things to different people.
Some of the more common breakdowns are:
- Adult or near-adult survivors of sexual and violent crime and their parents
- Siblings who are no longer communicating whilst living in the same house
- Other children in the family feeling neglected or unimportant by their parents
- Spouses or partners who are struggling maintain a relationship as well as trying to cope with joint caring for a child perhaps because they disagree with the way each other does it
- Divorced or separated parents who are unable to co-parent or where one or other feels that they are bearing the entire caring burden alone
- Wider family disagreements when other relatives of the survivor do not agree with or understand the complexity of care required
- Spouses or partners coping after sexual or violent assault
- Step-parent / child relationships which may be fragile to start with
Why list these common breakdowns?
If a family is able to identify conflict and communication difficulties before they become critical, then there is more chance of issues and disagreements being resolved before they lead to a more catastrophic breakdown. It’s also easy to assume that breakdowns always involve the survivor of violent or sexual crimes but it is often other relationships that suffer.
Sometimes seeing things written down in black and white is the starting point to resolving the issue…