Every two minutes, police are called to a family violence matter.
Every week, a woman is killed by a current or former partner.
This is Australia’s National Emergency.
- Natasha Stott Despoja. On Violence. 2019
Family Violence affects tens of thousands of children who are psychologically affected, physically harmed or even die. In 2017-2018, 32,000 children were proven to be abused or neglected. (NAPCAN)
Alarmingly, child protection records include unborn children.
During October 2018, Australia experienced a record death toll of women when 11 women were murdered in 27 days. One in three women has experienced physical violence. Violence against women is now considered to be a serious, widespread problem.
Given most murders take place in the home and are the final brutal act ending a long history of violence, early intervention could prevent loss of life.
Support organisations that encourage us all to work together, to build a future free from violence and abuse. For example, White Ribbon provides vital prevention work in schools, workplaces and communities.
Our systems for dealing with family violence are highly stretched. The head of research at the National Centre for Child Protection, Professor Fiona Arney states: "The system we have was not set up to deal with such an epidemic. This epidemic needs to be treated as a health epidemic."
Prevention is possible
Despite the ravages and devastation of family violence it is well reported by both research and practice that PREVENTION IS POSSIBLE!
Links For Life’s primary challenge is to assist organisations that offer early intervention and prevention programs for families in the Blue Mountains with children 0-12mths.
Our secondary challenge is to support the system that is so stretched in personnel and resources.
Work as a team - Create the dream!