Children and family violence: finding the right responses

21 Jan 2014

The needs of children living with family violence did not surface onto the mainstream agenda until relatively recently, but marked shifts have occurred since. The negative impact of family violence on children is now well established, the heightened risks of physical and sexual abuse recognised, and the impact on the relationship between women and their children is beginning to be acknowledged. Attention is also being given to the longterm effects on the emotional and physical wellbeing of children and the ways in which children living with family violence are also more vulnerable to other forms of abuse, outside as well as inside the home. In short, the needs of children of all ages from infants to adolescents who are living with family violence are now well articulated. However, effective ways of responding to their needs are far less developed.

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