"Behavioral Indicators of child abuse: Habit disorders (biting, rocking, head-banging)."
When we moved to Massachusetts my father's threats became more severe. In a phone conversation my father threatened my 10 year old brother Zachary that he was going to murder our mom. When Zachary got off the phone he was so terrified and had an emotional break down. He was crying and started banging his head on the floor. My mother panicked and brought him immediately to emergency services. They consulted with Zachary, made contracts with him and arranged therapy. The medical reports state that Zachary confided in them that our father had hurt him and threatened to kill us and that he was genuinely afraid of our father.
Zachary's Therapist: 'During a family therapy session on May 27 1992, Zachary was in an agitated state and banging his head on the floor. I asked Ms. Collins and Jennifer to leave the room so that I could speak with Zachary alone. At this time Zachary admitted that he was not feeling safe… ‘
Witness Statement before visitation: "Zachary was concerned that his father was also going to be present and seemed very reluctant about attending because of this. Holly Ann tried to downplay this issue and instructed Zachary to get ready. Shortly afterwards we heard loud and repetitive thumps coming from downstairs. Holly Ann rushed down to discover that Zachary was violently banging his head against the wall. Holly Ann was able to eventually calm him and called the doctor"