Domestic violence campaign to be launched for child victims

Domestic violence campaign to be launched for child victims

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) and Australian of the Year Rosie Batty will today launch a new domestic violence campaign focusing on children.

The campaign, which is being launched at the Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney, aims to encourage patients to talk about violence with their GP.

It comes as the AMA said the Children’s Hospital sees an average of 20 children with head injuries admitted to emergency departments each year, with 10 of those suffering serious injuries.

The AMA said more needs to be done to increase the visibility of children who are victims of domestic violence.

“This is something that takes up an enormous amount of resources in terms of our paediatric hospitals, not just [the] children’s hospital at Westmead, but across the country,” AMA President Brian Owler told the ABC.

“My colleagues at the Children’s Hospital deal with this on a daily basis.”

Dr Owler also highlighted that domestic violence injuries can stay with children for the rest of their lives.

“These have lifetime consequences that many times injuries people don’t recover from, let alone the psychological injuries that are inflicted through domestic violence as well,” he said.

Ms Batty lost her son in February last year, after he was killed by his father.

If you or someone you know is needing support for domestic violence call 1800-RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

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