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Understanding and effectively dealing with
Hostile-AggressiveParenting (HAP)
Information for legal and health care professionals, judges, courtworkers, school officials, students, community support agenciesand other professionals involved with children and families beingadversely affected by high conflict separation and/or divorce.
Published by
Family Conflict Resolution Services
Box 61027 Maple Grove P.O., Oakville, Ontario Canada L6J 7P5Tel (905) 829-0407 Fax (905) 829-1571
 Release date – January 1, 2006.
Understanding and effectively dealing with Hostile-Aggressive Parenting (Jan 1, 2006)Page 2 of 87
Hostile-Aggressive Parenting (HAP),
which is a serious form of child maltreatment and abuse, isencountered in many high conflict child-custody disputes. Within the family court system today,there is very little, if any, published standard criteria or definitions relied on to determine the kindof parenting behaviours and actions would be considered as a form of abuse or maltreatment againstchildren.This document has been written with a purpose to bring greater clarity, awareness andunderstanding of 
Hostile-Aggressive Parenting
and its remedies and was meant to be used as atool by professionals and laypersons to clearly identify parents/guardians who may be suspect of  being classified as HAP.This article describes two categories of HAP, the first being mild to moderate and the second,severe. Both levels of severity of HAP require only one simple, uniform, yet effective, step by stepapproach to be successfully dealt with. It is hoped that this article will assist legal and health care professionals, the courts and others in the community who work to assist children and families insituations where high conflict divorce and separation is a problem.Early in 1998, as a result of research in the multitude of problems involving children and familiesaffected by separation and divorce, Family Conflict Resolution Services, applied the term “Hostile-Aggressive Parenting” to describe the multitude of damaging behaviours that parent exhibited whowere involved in separation and divorce. Since Family Conflict Resolution Services firstintroduced this term in 1998 and released the first draft copies of this document to the public at thattime, use of the term Hostile-Aggressive Parenting or HAP as it is commonly referred to, has grownsignificantly world-wideHAP is not a difficult issue to deal with providing it dealt with effectively and promptly through thecollaborative efforts of the court system and the community. The recommendations and procedurescontained in this document can, with the meaningful support from the court, legal and health care professionals and other supportive persons in the community, effectively control and in most caseseliminate this form of child abuse and maltreatment as well as reduce much of the needless, mostsevere and protracted litigation in our family courts today, which is causing so much harm andtrauma to children and families.
Understanding and effectively dealing with Hostile-Aggressive Parenting (Jan 1, 2006)Page 3 of 87
Public information and research input invited
Since the first draft release of this document in 1999, many additions and improvements have beenmade to this document based on the comments and suggestions that have been received fromreaders world-wide. At the time of this printing, this document was still being circulated to families being affected by divorce, members of the public as well as to recognised legal and health care professionals for their feedback and comment. All comments and suggestions received will bereviewed by the Documents Review Committee for inclusion in future releases of this documentand all comments and suggestions from any source are welcomed.Should you have any questions or wish to provide comment on the contents of document then please forward your comments in writing to:
Family Conflict Resolution ServicesP.O. Box 61027 Maple Grove Post OfficeOakville, OntarioCanada L6J 7P5Tel: (905) 829-0407Attn: Documents Review CommitteeOr by E mail: Program Coordinator, Mr. Vernon Beck:
1999 - 2006, All rights reserved
Readers are welcome to copy this document for their personal use. Permission will be grantedwithout charge to all readers who may wish to copy and distribute multiple copies of this documentfor educational or not-for-profit purposes, providing a request in writing is forwarded to theDocument Review Committee by regular mail or at the E mail provide above. Permission isrequired for distribution in order to ensure that readers have the most up to date version of thisdocument. We welcome inquiries from members of the Judiciary, who may wish to consider use of these materials as part of any parental education program.
Note: Information wanted for ongoing research in the 2006/2007 calendar year
With the advancement of video editing and computer technology now available, late in 2003 our research into Hostile-Aggressive Parenting (HAP) and its risk of harm to children was expanded toinclude video and audio interviews with children and adults affected by HAP. Currently, we are inthe process of developing a video and audio interview library on the subject of HAP which willsupport our ongoing research into this area of child abuse and maltreatment. We would like to hear from adults or children who would be willing to be interviewed on audio or videotape or alternatively could provide us with court documents or tape recorded information which wouldsupport us in our research into HAP. We welcome information from anyone in any country world-wide who may with to contribute research material providing materials are submitted in English.

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