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Stress and violence impacting young children and unborn babies

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 11/07/15

The Age Social Affairs Reporter Miki Perkins has delivered a story that documents the often unreported impacts of family violence on children and unborn babies and the way it shapes their lives. As we approach the The Royal Commission into Family Violence, the story delves into the lives of victims and speaks with health professionals working with families experiencing violence.

Tweddle Chair and Psychologist Dr Nicole. Milburn spoke to Perkins about how studies have shown genetic changes in babies in the womb in family violence settings and that some children are growing up in environments where the adults they rely on for safety are either frightened or frightening. 

"Because of the rapid pace of development in infancy, young children can recover quickly, which is why it is important to act as early as possible. Six sessions of therapy with a baby might equate to a whole year of work with a 10 year old" said Milburn

Early intervention for infants and young children provided by Early Parenting support services like Tweddle are critical in preventing behavioural and other problems later in life.  

You can find Miki Perkin's Age story 'Children in trouble' here

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