1 Core Belief:
The Family Peace Foundation believes every Australian child has a basic human right to a peaceful upbringing in a home where they receive a loving, caring and well balanced childhood.
2 The Issue:
Over one million Australian children are raised in family violence, whilst many more are regularly exposed to high levels of family conflict, which amongst other things have been linked to child and adolescent depressive symptoms.
3 The Purpose:
The Foundation’s purpose is to give these affected children a voice, in the hope that their parents will listen and, where appropriate, modify their behavior, ensuring their children receive the peaceful and positive upbringings they deserve.
Over time, the Foundation’s strategy is to broadcast anonymous children’s voices in 30 second announcements, airing on most commercial radio stations across Australia, multiple times per day.
The children’s radio messages express how they would like their family life to be improved and the impact excessive family conflict and/or violence is having on their upbringings.
The broadcasts address, from a child’s perspective, many of the negative impacts on children’s peace and sense of wellbeing in their families ranging from issues such as warring and or divorcing parents, excessive alcohol, undue financial stress, lack of mutual respect, poor communication skills and lack of spending regular quality time together.
The Foundation is driven in its belief that the vast majority of Australian parents want what is best for their children and in many cases are simply oblivious to or underestimate the damage excessive family conflict has on their children’s well-being, and when they become aware, will change their behavior for the benefit of themselves and their children.
Additionally, for those needing professional help with changing individual or family behavior, the Foundation’s website provides links to a wide range of appropriately resourced and qualified support agencies.
Furthermore, the Foundation’s prolific radio broadcasts also have the added benefit of ensuring that both public and Government focus will not diminish until these chronic family issues are solved.
The Foundation believes success will take 20 to 30 years to achieve and is committed to this long term goal.
Over this time, the Foundation’s ultimate objective is to have played a small yet significant role in ensuring millions more Australian children receive the peaceful upbringings they deserve.
Critical measures will include but not be limited to; a dramatic decline in adolescent depression and suicide, a significant reduction in divorce rates and for high levels of family conflict and violence statistics to be a small fraction of their current numbers.
Ultimately over time, as the vast majority of family homes across the nation become more peaceful, schools, workplaces and whole communities will follow suit leading to a more peaceful, safe and prosperous society for all future generations of Australian children.
This Weeks Message
Maddy on Alcohol
Hello I’m Maddy for the Family Peace Foundation.
My friend Zara and I are in year 8.
My parents are friends with Zara’s parents.
You’d reckon that would be good fun for us girls.
But it’s not.
You see whenever our parents get together, all they do is drink too much.
Just imagine the good family times we could have together if it wasn’t for too much alcohol.
Family Peace – do it for your kids.
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Emergency, family violence and legal services
In an emergency call 000.
The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right emergency service to help you. It should be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance service in life threatening or emergency situations.
The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children –https://orangedoor.vic.gov.au
For confidential support and information, Safe Steps – Family Violence Response Centre offer a 24/7 state-wide family violence response service.
Call Safe Steps on 1800 015 188 (Toll Free).
Women’s Legal Service Victoria: https://www.womenslegal.org.au/
Family, parenting and youth support services
Men’s Referral Service provides anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referrals to men to help them to take action to stop using violent and controlling behaviour.
Call 1300 766 491.
Australian Childhood Foundation – helping children heal, programs and support – https://www.childhood.org.au/
Betterplace Australia – parenting, family, child, and financial programs and individual support – https://betterplaceaustralia.com.au/
Parentline Victoria – 13 22 98 –counselling and support for parents and carers – https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/services-for-parents/Pages/parentline.aspx?Redirect=1
Relationships Australia – https://www.relationshipsvictoria.com.au/
Cohealth child and family services – https://www.cohealth.org.au/health-services/child-and-family-health/
Bouverie Family Centre – https://www.bouverie.org.au/help-for-families
Anglicare ParentZone – https://www.anglicarevic.org.au/what-we-do/supporting-families/parentzone/
Tuning Into Kids – http://www.tuningintokids.org.au/events/category/parents-calendar/
To find a private psychologist – https://www.psychology.org.au/Find-a-Psychologist
Information and advice
For general parenting resources and ideas – https://raisingchildren.net.au
For information about depression and anxiety – Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au
WIRE Women: http://www.wire.org.au/
Family Relationship Advice Line: https://www.familyrelationships.gov.au/talk-someone/advice-line
National Debt Helpline: http://www.ndh.org.au/
Financial Empowerment App: https://penda-app.com/