Childhood trauma can completely alter the trajectory of someone’s life, but for others, it barely affects them at all. After going through trauma, why do some people seem fine?
One treatment option for children’s trauma is eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing, or EMDR. Here’s how it works and what the research says about its effectiveness.
Community sport is supposed to be a safe space for children to play. But rates of abuse are too high, and new research shows the many Australian children never talk about their abusive experiences.
David Beckham says he felt prepared for the nation’s wrath because of how he says he was treated by his father. It’s a familiar story in sport, but evidence shows controlling behaviour doesn’t work.
Shouting at children or calling them names is a kind of emotional abuse.
Millions of young people in the US are suffering, whether from abuse at home, pressure from social media or exposure to violence. But navigating the mental health care system can be disheartening.
The news a former childcare worker has been charged with more than 1,600 child abuse offences has sent shivers through the Australian community.
Satanic rituals and Hollywood elites: the myths behind satanism conspiracy theories.
The outrage misdirected at Lolita – and its author – does nothing to negate the realities it reflects. Reading Nabokov’s novel now raises questions about censorship, book banning and human nature.
In emotional abuse cases, it is the most important adults in a child’s life who send harmful messages. And the hurt occurs when self-worth and identity are developing.
There is currently no legal requirement in New Zealand to report seen or suspected childhood sexual abuse. Harrowing testimonies to the Abuse In Care Royal Commission suggest that must change.
Ours is the first national survey of the population aged 16 years and older about their experiences of child maltreatment.
A video allegedly showing a 13-year-old being assaulted in Queensland went viral online. Simply viewing such material can be a criminal offence.
Many children and adolescents fall victim to online exploitation, but there are some steps parents can take to protect their children online.
Adults don’t always listen to or understand children when they are abused.
New Zealand is making some progress in its treatment of children and young people. But there is still a way to go to meet its obligations under international law.
With more than half a million notifications of suspected child maltreatment each year in Australia, we need to explore the better use of our health-care workforces to prevent maltreatment.
Daniella Mestyanek Young grew up in the Children of God cult, also known as The Family. She escaped aged 15, then joined the US army after college – and recognised similar systems of toxic control.
News of George Pell’s death may generate a roller coaster of complex and variable emotions among abuse survivors.
Fighting became a metaphor for Donna Lyon to recover from her childhood abuse. When her boxing career finished, she wondered if boxing – combined with creative writing – could help others like her.