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It’s What You Don’t See – Awareness raising videos about family violence and it’s impact on Aboriginal children

To be launched by the Hin Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Children and Familiesand CEO of VACCA, Muriel Bamblett

Date: Tuesday 20th of March 2018 at 9.15am for a 9.30am Start

Venue: Arts Centre - Amcor Lounge 100 St Kilda Rd Melbourne VIC 3004

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is proud launch X new videos about family violence and its impact on children. These videos seek to raise awareness within our community about the affect that violence has on children even when they are not the victims and offers help to families and children.

The videos will be launched by the Minister for Children and Families, the Hon Jenny Mikakos and the VACCA CEO Muriel Bamblett.

As a child welfare agency we know that almost ninety percent of Aboriginal children are in care because of family violence.

Sadly, there are many others who are not in care who nevertheless see and feel violence around them.

The impacts of family violence on children and young people are complex.

It can affect their behaviour, their development, their relationships, their emotions, their learning, their thoughts and their physical health.

Some things you might notice in a child or young person could be:

  • Poor concentration, aggression, hyperactivity, disobedience, disturbed sleep/nightmares, withdrawal, low self-esteem, showing no emotion (spaced out), always on edge, wary, fantasize about normal home life, pessimism about the future and physical symptoms
  • Self-blame, helplessness, grief, fear, dread, terror, worry, sadness, shame, anger & numbness
  • Depression, anxiety & withdrawal Experiencing violence in childhood is a significant risk factor for being both a victim and a perpetrator of violence in adulthood

The videos are available on our VACCA youtube channel.

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