Family violence crosses over both identified priorities; mental wellbeing and social inclusion. We know that family violence is not only detrimental to victim’s mental wellbeing but it may also have significant impacts on children’s development.
The Children’s Right Report (2015) highlights the trauma of children and young people exposed to family violence ‘Even when the child does not directly witness family violence, maternal stress and the overall environment of fear is known to have deleterious impacts on the child’s mental health, with 80-90% of children estimated to suffer from vicarious trauma even if they do not witness the incident directly.’
The extensive international research identifies gender inequality as one of the main drivers of family violence. This work sits within the social inclusion area, where we strive for all people, regardless of diversity and gender are able to fully participate in all aspects of community life.
Did you know?
- 1 in 4 women experience partner violence
- Domestic violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in women aged 15-44
- A woman is killed by her intimate partner each week in Australia
- Children are present in 1 out of every 3 family violence incidents reported to police.
- It is estimated that the cost of domestic violence in Australia is $21.7 billion/year (2015)
Drivers of family violence
Particular expressions of gender inequality consistently predict higher rates of violence against women:
- Condoning of violence against women
- Men’s control of decision-making and limits to women’s independence in public and private life
- Rigid gender roles and stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity
- Male peer relations that emphasise aggression and disrespect towards women.
I/We would like to pay tribute to the many survivors of family violence whose bravery, experience and stories inform service responses, initiatives and events such as this one today.
We acknowledge that family violence is a very prevalent issue in our community and that we can all do something to prevent it if we all work together.
Depending on the nature of the event we may also add the following:
You are invited to share only what you are comfortable with and while what we are presenting is not intended to impact and, we acknowledge that people have personal experience and there is support and services available.
Source: Centre for Non-Violence