Beyond violence: breaking cycles of domestic abuse

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Farmer, Elly; Callan, Samantha
Centre for Social Justice
Date of publication
25 July 2012
Families, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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The scandal and tragedy of domestic abuse is a recurring feature of social breakdown. Its prevalence and impact on children and families demand that it should be treated as a major family policy concern. This report highlights the scarring psychological impact of living with domestic abuse, which it says is just as significant as being physically abused. A major failing in state-sanctioned measures to curb domestic abuse is the lack of priority given to the needs of children who suffer the trauma of living alongside domestic violence. Their physical and mental well-being and chances of doing well at school suffer from an abusive upbringing. To break the devastating cycle of abuse, the report urges the government to set out a cross-government family strategy which puts early intervention and support for families at the heart of an expanded domestic abuse remit. The strategy should strive to incorporate an understanding of why and how negative effects emerge and lead to further cycles of abuse in later years

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