Effects of Abuse Can Scar Children for Life; Prevention Service Launches National Campaign
Byline: Rebecca Lollback Reporter
MORE than 120 cases of family violence occurred in the Ballina Shire alone in the financial year ending June 2010.
Those are just some of the reasons why the Child Abuse Prevention Service has launched a national campaign to astop child abuse before it startsa and calls on families to keep their children safe.
This prevention campaign aims to show that child abuse can affect a person for their entire life.
CAPS chairwoman, Renee Carter, said child abuse was not acceptable.
aWhen it comes to child abuse, there is no question a prevention is better than the cure,a she said.
aAside from the tragic and immediate impact of any form of abuse on a child, the lasting effects can include alcohol abuse or mental illness in adult life, and even suicide.a
Ms Carter said the impacts of child abuse could also extend to entire families and communities because of relationship breakdowns, drug use and domestic violence.
For the financial year ending June 2010 there were 46,187 substantiated cases of child abuse in Australia, and 35,895 children living in out-of-home care. …