We often misunderstand the behaviour of children traumatised through abuse and #familyviolence. Growing up in a family where violence is an ongoing feature normalizes violence. After Jean had escaped violence from two partners, her son developed post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, and would often lash out. "He'd smash up the house, yell for hours, scream and hit his head against the wall, [become] verbally abusive..." Jean discovered a specialized program for children dealing with anger after experiencing family violence trauma. Now 14 years old, Jack has learned strategies to cope with unpleasant and strong emotions instead of lashing out. Berry Street offers programs for children and young people to help heal the trauma of abuse and neglect and enhance their capacity to learn. #neveralone #breakthecycle Read More →
Australian of the Year 2015 Family violence campaigner
When a grieving mother spoke out calmly just hours after her son’s murder, she gave voice to many thousands of victims of domestic violence who had until then remained unheard. Rosie Batty has risen above her personal tragedy and the great loss of her 11 year old son, Luke, who was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of his father in a very public assault. Rosie’s story jolted Australia into recognising that family violence can happen to anyone. Victorian Police Chief Commissioner, Ken Lay, praising Rosie as the most “remarkable victim” he has ever met, says Rosie has put domestic violence on the national agenda. Rosie now champions efforts to fight domestic violence, making many media and public speaking appearances to shine a spotlight on the issue and call for systemic changes. Rosie’s incredible strength and selfless efforts are an inspiration to many other victims of domestic violence and her courage and willingness to speak out will make Australia a far better place.