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Help give children a voice

Relationships Australia Victoria
2:02pm Friday, 7 June 2013

Did you know that more than one third of children whose parents separate are exposed to domestic violence and sustained high conflict?  This can result in serious consequences for children's healthy development and well-being. 

As the State's largest provider of community services for families and children experiencing separation and divorce, RAV has launched a new fundraising appeal to help support children affected by family violence and sustained high conflict following parental separation.

The Voice of the Child campaign aims to support children and their parents and to interrupt the impact of negative patterns of parenting being passed on to the next generation. 

RAV Senior Manager, Business and Service Development, Simon Curran said: “Although most children adjust over time to their parents’ separation, however saddened by the experience they have been, exposure to sustained parental conflict is a major risk factor for children’s adjustment.

“The risk exists whether parents stay together or divorce, and is compounded when violence is present.  It has a significant impact on children’s emotional, psychological, neurological, physical and cognitive development,” Mr Curran said.

Funds raised through the appeal will be used to support a range of initiatives to fill gaps in current RAV services and improve outcomes, including: 

  • improving children's access to trauma assessment, treatment, counselling and support groups
  • educating the community - including teachers - about the impacts of violence and sustained high conflict on children
  • developing age-appropriate resources for affected children
  • conducting research to improve policy reform and practices in Australian family law processes
  • capturing and publishing children's experiences of parental separation through narrative, poems and pictures.

To find out more about Voice of the Child and how you can help, click here


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