FATAL IMPACTS Homicide Suicide STIs Death during/following childbirth
HOMICIDE Intimate partner homicide AustraliaQueensland 77 p.a.11 p.a Mouzos & Rushforth, 2003 NB: Under-counting due to data collection / reporting
HOMICIDE Homicide of children by parents Average 25 p.a. Killer: 63% fathers Motives: 3 of 5 cases unknown 21% - ‘domestic altercation’ 9% - ‘family breakdown’ Mouzos & Rushforth, 2003
MENTAL HEALTH IMPACTS Physical abuse Condition Any physical abuse Severe physical abuse Within last 12 months Sexual abuse Times more likely Depression3.710.98.84.8 Severe psychological symptoms 4.413.410.7- Nancarrow, Lockie and Sharma, 2009
MENTAL HEALTH IMPACTS Non-physical abuse Condition Any non- physical Psych.Social- psych. Economic Times more likely Depression 3.63.04.24.7 Severe psychological symptoms 126.96.36.199.5 Nancarrow, Lockie and Sharma, 2009
IMPACTS: BABIES & TODDLERS Impaired brain development / social development Greater irritability Psychosomatic illness, sleep/eating disorders Aggression
IMPACTS: CHILDREN 4 – 12 YEARS Poor concentration Aggression, hyperactivity, disobedience Disturbed sleep, nightmares Withdrawal, low self-esteem Showing no emotion (’spaced out’) Always on edge, wary
IMPACTS: YOUNG PEOPLE Depression Suicide Aggression Sexual/physical violence Substance abuse WithdrawalParental abuse
OPPORTUNITIES Time for Action Qld Government strategy Coming attractions: Battered person’s defence – draft bill Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum
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