Suffer the little children

Children are often present when family violence occurs. They may witness violence against their loved one, hear it in another room or have to run from abuse. They may have to be careful around an abuser to avoid setting them off or they may be victimised for supporting their loved one.

In the Southern Melbourne PCP catchment, a child was present in 22 - 29% of reported family violence incidences in 2013/2014 according to Victoria Police Family Incident Reports.

These experiences can lead to behavioural changes, developmental delays, difficulties with relationships, emotional issues, problems with learning, poor self-esteem and a range of physical illnesses such as headache, insomnia, bed wetting and skin rashes. Recovery depends on a wide range of factors including the child’s personality.


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