On Tuesday 24 February, a new report by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research was launched by Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year. The report, titled The Hidden Harm: Alcohol’s impact on children and families, looks at the full extent of alcohol’s impact on family and domestic violence in Australia.
Key finding from the report include:
- Over one million children (22% of Australia’s total) are estimated to be affected in some way by the drinking of others, 142,582 children substantially affected, and 10,166 are already within the child protections system.
- In 2011 there were over 29,000 incidents of alcohol-related domestic violence
- The most common harms experienced by children affected by alcohol-related domestic violence include witnessing verbal or physical conflict, or witnessing drinking or inappropriate behaviour.
The report, funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) can be read on their website.