oa Article 19 - Linking domestic violence and corporal punishment

Volume 5, Issue 2
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RAPCAN made a submission and argued that not only are children the secondary victims of domestic violence, as suggested by stakeholders in the gender sector, but they are in fact primary victims as well. This article argues that corporal punishment by parents is a clear form of domestic violence and that children are victimised in a range of ways in homes typified by domestic violence. It will examine the rights and legislative framework relating to domestic violence and child protection; set out findings from research relating to children's experiences and the impact of domestic violence on children; and discuss recommendations for strengthening child protection in the context of domestic violence.

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