Thursday, September 9, 2004

Australia: Kids Help Line says 44 per cent report physical abuse

A national counselling service has called on parents to reconsider the way they discipline their children. Kids Help Line says 44 per cent of the children who contacted the service last financial year did so to report physical abuse, often by a family member.

That is up 5 per cent on the previous 12 months. More than two-thirds of the callers were aged under 15.

General manager of research Wendy Reid is urging parents to take account of the long-term effects of physical abuse.

"A large person laying hands on small person, we don't do that our friends, we don't even do it to the criminals in our society, [?]" Ms Reid said.

"We would advocate that parents look for alternative means of disciplining their children and managing their children."

Ms Reid says many parents lack appropriate support.

"Parents are losing their temper, they feel helpless, they feel stressed," she said.

"Many parents, especially those in rural and remote areas, don't have the sorts of supports and connects that many parents in metropolitan areas It's a combination of factors and, unfortunately, it's the kids who are at the receiving end."

By No Smack 9 September 04

Ed: The Department of Corrective Services do assault prisoners in society, so do the Police Force, that's why they changed their name from Police Service to Police Force and so does the military.

The way to prevent violence and domestic violence is to lead by example. How can the government say they are trying to prevent violence when they use it to get things done?

End all forms of corporal punishment now! There should be no violence. None! Such notions as reasonable force by anyone only promotes more violence.

Dialogue solves issues better in the long-term. A baby can be spoken to, just by the tone of your voice. A child can be picked up and moved to safety.


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International No-Smacking Day April 30 2004
A Cure For Violence and Domestic Violence simple as ABC.

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