Ensure comprehensive, flexible and long term access to psychological care for survivors of domestic violence and child abuse

Ensure that survivors of domestic violence and child abuse have comprehensive, flexible and long term access to psychological care delivered by appropriately experienced and qualified practitioners.

Family violence is a critical social issue that severely impacts on the welfare of women and children in particular, and can have major mental health ramifications – predictable consequences of being terrified include anxiety, hypervigilance, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Health and welfare professionals involved need to be upskilled in responding to family violence, and in understanding and recognising these predictable consequences.

Children or adolescents who are assaulted, or witness assaults toward family members, are at increased risk of developing mental health problems, substance abuse and involvement in abusive relationships as adults. The APS applauds the Victorian Royal Commission’s attention to their rights and needs for counselling and support.

The Australian Psychological Society seeks support from all political parties to ensure that survivors of domestic violence and child abuse have comprehensive, flexible and long term access to psychological care which is delivered by appropriately experienced and qualified practitioners.

 

For further details of this proposal, please contact the Australian Psychological Society

Professor Lyn Littlefield OAM, Executive Director l.littlefield@psychology.org.au

Dr Louise Roufeil, Executive Manager, Professional Practice (Policy) l.roufeil@psychology.org.au


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