Parents who are abused by their drug or alcohol dependent children are missing out on support because of the "double stigma" of addiction and abuse, according to a government-funded report.

The study, carried out by the charities Adfam and Against Violence and Abuse, is based on interviews with 88 victims of abuse.

The report found many parents failed to seek help because they were ashamed to admit that they were suffering at the hands of a son or daughter with an alcohol or drug dependency.

When they did seek help "many parents reported a dismissive and judgmental response from professionals, friends and members of the community," the report warned.

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