"A child who lives with violence is forever changed, but not forever 'damaged' – and there is a lot we can do to improve their future prospects." (Baker/Cunningham, 2007)
Pictured below are some additional resources that may be found useful but are not part of the Safe from the Start kit. These resources are readily available in retail shops or online.
A Mother's Story
Rosie Batty established The Luke Batty Foundation in honour of her son who was killed by his father in 2014. Rosie is the 2015 Australian of the Year and the Pride of Australia's National Courage Medal recipient.
Understanding what children say
Children’s experiences of domestic violence, parental substance misuse and parental health problems. Author: Sarah Gorin
Feeling is Thinking (FisT) Manual
Feeling is Thinking (FisT), 2006 TheMHS (Aust & NZ) Gold Award Winner, is a comprehensively evaluated group work program designed for children (aged between 8 to 11 years) who have difficulty managing strong emotions (often exhibited through difficulties with internalising or externalising behaviours), and who struggle to successfully resolve conflict.This intervention has been used successfully and extensively within both mental health and school settings and highlights the importance of being sensitive to the needs of those children who have come from backgrounds where they have experienced family violence.
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The Life of Tree
Lucy Van Sambeek and Christine Burarrwanga are excited to release their first children’s therapeutic picture book. Together, they set out to create a culturally-safe way for Aboriginal children to have a voice about their experience of domestic and family violence.
Using Story Telling as a
This practical handbook begins with the philosophy and psychology underpinning the therapeutic value of story telling. It shows how to use story telling as a therapeutic tool with children and how to make an effective response when a child tells a story to you
Stopping Violence Against Women: Before It Happens
A Practical Tool Kit for Communities
Children Who See Too Much
This ground-breaking book by Betsy McAlister Groves alerts parents and clinicians to the pain which children experience after witnessing violence. Guidelines for giving these children the support they need to become healthy, responsible adults are provided.
Using Stories to Build Bridges with Traumatized Children
Creative Ideas for Therapy, Life Story Work, Direct Work and Parenting