The cycle of violence

WITH the prevalence of family violence, it may be no coincidence that five Victorian children under 12 a week manifest suicidal behaviour, self-harm and serious mental illness. (editorial, Oct 26).

The Royal Commission into Family Violence found one in six offspring growing up in family violence will be involved in a violent relationship later themselves, so it may be pertinent to examine and explore the reality and connection between mental health and family violence.

The “urgent need” for a royal commission into mental health needs to appreciate the effect of violence in the home on young children.

Perhaps, many parents are trying to “have it all” unrealistically, with mental health consequences for themselves and their children.