Date: 
Monday 7 March 2016
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Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child gives to every child the absolute right to live free from all forms of violence, and requires protection for children who are exposed to and witness family and domestic violence.

In 2015, the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell undertook an examination of how children aged 0-17 years are affected by family and domestic violence. The findings and recommendations from this examination will form a substantive part of the National Children’s Commissioner 2015 Children’s Rights Report, were tabled in parliament in November 2015.

This work aims to ensure that the experiences and voices of children are an explicit focus in the broader national conversation on domestic and family violence currently underway and augments   Commissioner Mitchell’s  Children’s Rights Report 2014, which identified the intersection of intentional self-harm and family and domestic violence as a research priority. 

The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 and the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 both recognise family and domestic violence as a major risk factor associated with child abuse and neglect[1] and commit to reducing family and domestic violence and its impact on children.[2] The National Plan specifically identifies reducing the proportion of children exposed to their mother’s or carer’s experience of domestic violence as a national priority.[3]

This webcast by the National Children’s Commissioner, with 1800RESPECT, provides further information on the impacts of family and domestic violence on children aged 0-17.


[1]Australian Government, National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, p 21; Australian Government, National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, p 7.

[2]Australian Government, National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, p 21; Australian Government, National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, p 10.

[3]Australian Government, National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, p 10.