Sibling Violence Advice Please!
I have a major problem here and I am at the end of my wits with it. I have two teenage children, an 18 year old daughter, and a 16 year old son. They have never gotten along, and fighting has always been common between the two of them.
But the problems between them have gotten progressively worse. My son spends all of his time insulting my daughter. She responds by cursing and insulting back at him. My son then will get violent with my daughter. He has even before slashed her arm with a kitchen knife and smashed a guitar over her head. This all goes on when I am at work. When I am at home, the fighting is minimal and the kids tend to stay clear of each other.
My daughter hates her life because of this. She constantly says she has thoughts of running away or killing either herself or her brother. Every day she tells me that she cannot live in the same house as him. When I confront my son about this, he claims my daughter is lying and he never does anything to her. For some reason I know my daughter is telling the truth. I can see the trauma this is causing her. I can't afford professional help, and I am sick of crying to sleep every night because my kids literally want to kill each other. I fear that I will come home one day to find one of my children dead and the other one run off. I just don't know what to do. Please help me.