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Supporting children and young people bereaved by domestic homicide | AIFS
September 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
The murder of a child’s parent in the context of domestic violence is a traumatic experience that has immediate and long-term effects on a child’s social, emotional and cognitive development. Children and young people may experience ongoing distress, safety concerns and family conflict. Many also face the loss of the perpetrator parent.
Although supporting these children and young people is critical, there are no evidence-based guidelines to determine who is best placed to care for them or how. Decisions about their lives are often made by family, the police, child protection and other professionals with little input from the children themselves.
The voices of these survivors – as children and as adults – are crucial to developing a greater understanding of their experiences in relation to living arrangements, family and peer relationships and wellbeing.