The Batty effect: How one woman changed the conversation on domestic violence

By Lisa Wheildon and Asher Flynn “If anything comes out of this, I want it to be a lesson to everybody that family violence happens to everybody no matter how nice your house is, no matter how intelligent you are. It happens to anyone and everyone.” These simple, grief-stricken words and the accompanying images of [...]

By |2021-09-27T12:02:08+10:00September 27th, 2021|Categories: Sexual Assault, Trauma, Violence|Tags: |0 Comments

How intimate partner violence affects children’s health

Stephanie Brown, Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Deirdre Gartland, Murdoch Children's Research Institute Childhood should be a happy and carefree time, but often it doesn’t work out that way. Children are exposed to all the stresses and strains that affect the families and communities in which they grow up. Recent research shows this can have [...]

By |2021-05-03T12:28:15+10:00May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Trauma, Violence|0 Comments

This week’s news has put sexual assault survivors at risk of ‘secondary trauma’. Here’s how it happens, and how to cope

Mary Iliadis, Deakin University; Bianca Fileborn, The University of Melbourne, and Rachel Loney-Howes, University of Wollongong The continuing media coverage of rape and sexual assault allegations faced by current and former political figures has put many sexual abuse survivors at risk of being traumatised all over again. Widespread media attention features near-constant social media updates [...]

By |2021-03-18T09:37:00+11:00March 15th, 2021|Categories: Sexual Assault, Trauma|0 Comments

Why every teacher needs to know about childhood trauma

Emily Berger, Monash University and Karen Martin, University of Western Australia Mental health issues among children are on the rise due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic, including lockdowns. Recent reports show there has been a 28% spike in calls to the phone counselling service Kids Helpline between March and July 2020 compared with [...]

By |2020-09-21T10:56:12+10:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Education, Trauma|0 Comments

‘Lit therapy’ in the classroom: writing about trauma can be valuable, if done right

Yannick Thoraval, RMIT University Some of my students have been assaulted. Others have been homeless, jobless or broke, some suffer from depression, anxiety or grief. Some fight addiction, cancer or for custody. Many are in pain and they want to write about it. Opening wounds in the classroom is messy and risky. Boundaries and intentions [...]

By |2020-09-07T16:19:02+10:00September 7th, 2020|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Trauma|0 Comments

True or false: The complexities of trauma and memory

- Laura Jobson, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University The Netflix series Unbelievable tells the true story of a US teenager who’s raped but not believed by local police. Her story is inconsistent, and she appears detached when she tells it. Besides, she’s a former foster child, and perceived as emotionally “needy”. The [...]

By |2020-05-11T14:03:53+10:00May 11th, 2020|Categories: Trauma|0 Comments

How schools can help students cope after the bushfires

School will start on a somewhat sombre note this year. Some schools will still be shrouded in smog from the bushfires. Some students will be grieving the loss of property, animals or even family and friends. Some remain evacuated and others are part of the recovery effort. In recent days, Australia’s education minister Dan Tehan [...]

By |2020-01-24T10:49:09+11:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Trauma|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The impact of trauma to children’s learning experiences

Regardless of whether you teach in remote, rural, regional, or metropolitan schools, you can expect to come across a child in your classroom who has experienced trauma. Understanding the impact of trauma on learning capability may assist you to create trauma-sensitive learning environments. What is trauma? Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are stressful or traumatic events, [...]

When mothers are killed by their partners, children often become ‘forgotten’ victims

Last month, eight women died as the result of male violence in Australia. Five were within one week. In six of the cases, the alleged perpetrator was a current or former partner. These figures seem all too familiar. This time last year, seven of the nine women allegedly killed by a male perpetrator were in [...]

By |2019-10-21T09:22:24+11:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Trauma, Violence|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

IT: Chapter 2 raises fresh concerns about horror movie promo and children

Peak national body Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) has claimed that promotions of the movie IT: Chapter 2 have been irresponsible due to the use of graphic imagery in places that children can easily see, such as outdoor posters and internet advertising. ACCM President, Professor Elizabeth Handsley, said yesterday, “The impacts of [...]

By |2020-03-09T11:29:21+11:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Trauma|Tags: , , , |0 Comments