After watching a panel discuss the trauma related to domestic violence, especially towards women and children, and the lack of services here in Australia in supporting the victims, I wanted to share literature on the benefits of art therapy for supporting those exposed to DV.
Australian of the Year 2015, Rosie Batty, bravely and honestly spoke about the inadequacy in the services currently provided and the consequences of government services not working as a cohesive unit to identify the risks to potential victims.
Maybe if our government was more in-tune with what services actually benefit victims or, the community as a whole, they may consider investing in what is becoming a serious social issue. DV does not discriminate. We need to consider educating children and youth in order to break the cycle. We also need to offer additional empathic support that empowers the victims of these heinous acts.
It astounds me that we are so far behind other countries when offering alternative therapeutic interventions and support. What will it take for the politicians to realise that there are evidence-based, viable options, services and support that are as beneficial as what is currently considered the ‘norm’ regarding psychological intervention and support and that these alternatives actually DO make a difference???