Research results on the extent of parental physical violence against their own children have shown a clear picture for many years: the majority of children in Germany experience violence at the hands of their parents. However, there are differences in frequency and severity. For the first time in Germany, this paper analyses the development of violent parental upbringing practices from childhood through to early adulthood. Panel data from the »Crime in the modern City (CrimoC)« study show that despite the legal abolition of parental punishment, 75 % of respondents reported having been victims of physical sanctions imposed by their parents. In addition, the results show that a violent upbringing is most prevalent between the ages of 13 and 15, declines until early adulthood but does not end then. There is also a strong relationship between the severity and frequency of parental violence against children. Negative consequences, especially of a violent childhood upbringing, range from an increased risk of delinquent behaviour to violent delinquency, drug use, further victimisation, increased acceptance of violence and a decreased acceptance of norms. The results will be discussed with regard to their challenges for public discourses on parental violence.