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AMA Victoria supports Take a Stand campaign

Wednesday 24 July 2013

AMA Victoria supports the Herald Sun’s Take a Stand campaign aimed at reducing family violence.

Family violence has reached disturbingly high levels and now directly affects one in five Victorian women over the course of their lifetime. It is the leading contributor to preventable death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15 to 44 years – and it does more harm than any other well-known preventable risk factors, including high blood pressure, obesity and smoking.

“These figures are unacceptable. There needs to be direct and long-lasting action to halt this behaviour within the community, and AMA Victoria welcomes this campaign which has the potential to change attitudes and reduce the prevalence of family violence” AMA Victoria President Dr Stephen Parnis said today.

Doctors and allied health workers see first hand the damage that family violence does – not only the physical harm, but also the harm to family networks and emotional wellbeing. Women who have been exposed to violence have a greater risk of developing a range of health problems, including depression, stress and anxiety, and the effects of such violence can persist long after the abuse has stopped.

Family violence needs to be addressed through both the health and legal systems. There needs to be an increase in funding and access to vital community services which protect and assist victims of family violence.

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