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. 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.
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. 
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.
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