ERIC Number: ED370688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Breaking the Silence on Domestic Violence: Information for Children's Services Workers. Australian Early Childhood Resource Booklets No. 3.
This booklet is designed to provide Australian early childhood workers with information about domestic violence and response techniques to employ if they become aware that children under their care are witnessing domestic violence. The booklet notes that domestic violence can include physical and sexual violence, as well as psychological, social, and economic abuse. It can have multiple detrimental effects on children, provoking tiredness, sleep disorders, timidity, aggression, withdrawal, eating disorders, health problems, poor hygiene, sensitivity, and attendance problems. The booklet also addresses various myths about domestics violence. Finally, the booklet emphasizes that early childhood workers need to support victims of domestic violence by: (1) believing their reports of abuse; (2) discussing safety strategies; (3) notifying the police; (4) informing victims about refuges and crisis services; (5) taking victims' fear seriously; and (6) helping the children of victims. Early childhood workers can help prevent domestic violence by encouraging children to be cooperative, exerting authority over children in a respectful manner, fostering equality and respect for others, and preventing children from using violence against each other. A list of domestic violence crisis telephone numbers is included. (MDM)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Battered Women, Crisis Intervention, Definitions, Early Childhood Education, Family Violence, Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Relationship, Prevention, Safety, Teacher Role, Victims of Crime, Young Children
Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Watson, Australian Capital Territory 2602, Australia ($6.25 Australian).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.
Note: For a related document, see PS 022 362.