Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Report to tackle youth domestic violence

    21/04/2015 12:00 AM
     
    • Report focuses on adolescent violence in the home
    • Highlights little known aspect of domestic and family violence

    A report entitled "˜The Making of Good Men and Women' that responds to youth violence in the home was presented today to Child Protection Minister Helen Morton and Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Stephen Dawson on the steps of State Parliament.

     

    "I share the concerns of Womens Health and Family Services and the need to address the more invisible aspect of domestic and family violence," Mrs Morton said.

     

    Women's Health and Family Services is a not-for-profit organisation providing programs and services including domestic violence, drug, alcohol, and mental health support to women and their families.

     

    "The State Government's strong commitment to tackling youth violence in the home is reflected in Western Australia's Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Strategy to 2022," the Minister said.

     

    "The strategy has a clear focus on young people, which includes prevention and early intervention initiatives aimed at promoting healthy relationships.

     

    "The focus on young people is critical in combating the inter-generational cycle of family and domestic violence.

     

    "The Youth Say No campaign which is part of the strategy also contains specific information for young people about family and domestic violence.

     

    "The State Government has prioritised the need for support for families affected by family and domestic violence, including the co-ordination of services to respond to the complexity of adolescent violence in the home.

     

    "I look forward to reading the report and thank the Womens Health and Family Services for its contribution to this important issue."

     

           Fact File

    • The report was developed by the Womens Health and Family Services, which is working to reduce youth violence in the home and its harmful impacts on families and communities in Western Australia
    • It is estimated that one in three women are abused by an intimate partner in their adult life, and one in four children grow up witnessing this violence

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