the impact on children of exposure to domestic violence.
An Australian Institute of criminology report by Dr Kelly Richards was released today by the Attorney-General. The report considers the impact on children of exposure to domestic violence.
As noted in our previous post, on 24 March 2011, the government introduced the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family violence and other measures) Bill 2011 into Parliament. The Bill specifically deals with family violence and child abuse in the family law system. The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs is to report back on the bill by 16 August 2011.
The findings in this report will no doubt be considered by the Senate Standing Committee.Exposure by a child to family violence does not necessarily mean physical violence. If a child hears family violence, or is exposed to any of the effects of family violence, thern this is seen as significant. Some of the possible situations related to this are being able to hear one family member threatening violence on another, hearing or seeing one family member assault another, having to offer help to a family member who has been a victim of violence, cleaning up after a family member has assaulted another member of the family and observing the police or an ambulance officer taking care of a family member who has been the subject of a violence.
There are many other situations which under family law that are related to violence either against a child or in the child’s presence. If these incidences are not revealed then the child is likely to be affected for his or her life and anything that he or she sees or hears in the family environment could be a role model for the future for that child.
Disclaimer : This article provides basic information only and is not a substitute for a professional or legal advice. It is prudent to obtain legal advice from a family lawyer.