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A national child protection agency warns that as the recession bites deeper, child abuse and domestic violence will increase.
Australian Childhood Foundation chief Dr Joe Tucci says the current estimate of a 10 per cent rise over the next year was "conservative".
It could go higher, as the foundation has been reporting a 15 to 20 per cent increase in referrals to its counseling service.
"The last three months we've seen a real spike in the number of referrals to us, April and May in particular," Dr Tucci told AAP on Sunday.
"In the last couple of months, we've really seen a
Originally posted by whaaa
When people seek escape thru alcohol and drugs for their seemingly hopeless economic situation, the stress is likely to
manifest itself in violence. Sadly it will be the family members that suffers most.
Another sad prospect is that agency's that help in domestic abuse cases will be underfunded or cut entirely...