Why our focus on Children and Young People


Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, a member of the CRE Advisory Group, started her Never Alone campaign to stop the silence and isolation children experience when IPV is occurring.

Left unrecognised, IPV-related trauma is cumulative in impact and associated with social, behavioural, emotional and cognitive problems in children, which often persist into adulthood.[1] Intervening with women and men to end IPV also has the potential to disrupt the intergenerational transmission, which may avoid some children (particularly boys) becoming victims or perpetrators as adults.[2]

Further, the mental health impact of IPV on parents results in a toxic environment for children’s development. There is compelling evidence that children exposed to toxic levels of stress experience long-lasting impacts on cognitive development, speech and language, mental and physical health.[3] [4]

It is important to acknowledge the inter-relationship between IPV and child abuse, recognising the direct and indirect ways in which children’s behavioural, emotional and cognitive development can be harmed.


[1] Gilbert R, Widom C, Browne K, et al. Burden and consequences of child maltreatment in high-income countries. The Lancet. 2009;373:68-81.

[2] Margolin G, Elana B. Children's exposure to violence in the family and community. Curr Dir in Psych Sci. 2004;13(4):152-5.

[3] Shonkoff J, Garner A. The lifelong effects of early childhood adversity and toxic stress. Pediatrics. 2012;129(1):a232-46.

[4] Bair-Merritt M, Blackstone M, Feudtner C. Physical health outcomes of childhood exposure to intimate partner violence: a systematic review. Pediatrics. 2006;117:278-90.