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New resources to target devastating effects of family violence on children

Children suffer significant emotional and psychological trauma when growing up in a home with family violence – trauma which can remain with them their entire life.

Creating a better understanding among men of the effects of family violence on children, is the focus of a new program and resource package to be launched at Government House today (Tuesday, March 20 2018).

The package follows research carried out by a team from the University of Tasmania’s schools of Health Sciences and Social Sciences, in partnership with The Salvation Army (Tasmania), aimed at reducing the harmful effects on children resulting from exposure to family violence.

The Tasmanian research, led by Professor Kenneth Walsh, found very few effective resources existed to raise awareness about the effects of family violence on children and that a far greater investment in training programs was needed to address this.

The Start Today Again project aims to engage fathers to improve their relationships with their children and to raise awareness that family violence can have life-long impacts on children.

The project kit comprises a ‘tool kit’ for use by presenters or trainers to assist men and men’s groups, an evidence-based trainers’ manual, slide show, participant manual and resource kit of books suitable for fathers and their children.

There is also a 30-second clip planned for television broadcast.

“It is very satisfying to see the recommendation of the research become a reality,” Professor Walsh said.

“All or part of the program can be used by a wide variety of men’s groups and community organisations and is designed to stand alone or to complement existing men’s behaviour change programs.

“This project is the latest in a series of previous collaborations with the Salvation Army in the area of family violence and we are keen to continue to work together.”

The Start Today Again program and resource kit is available through Salvation Army Tasmania.

The project is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services – Building Stronger Communities for Women and Children program.

Start Today Again will be launched by the Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, with guest speaker Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2017 Rosalie Martin.

Source: UTAS

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