Individuals who as children were removed from their biological families are the nation’s highest risk group to suicide. They are four times at risk than the nation’s highest population risk group to suicide; the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of the Kimberley which is the world’s second highest population risk group to suicide – behind Greenland’s Inuit peoples.
Despite all the good work done by many in saving lives, the suicide toll, particularly for the most elevated risk groups, is on the increase. The most elevated risk groups for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are individuals removed as children from their families, former inmates, the homeless and families evicted from public rental housing. When children are removed from their families because of alleged exposure to violence, dysfunction and other perceived aberrant behaviour they are not provided adequate healing and trauma informed counselling and restorative therapies.
The removal of a child from his or her family is a significant psychosocial hit, going straight to the validity of the psychosocial self and the id and simply it hurts, for many unbearably. Where there is no prospect of reunification with the parent(s) and siblings the trauma can degenerate to a constancy of traumas. One’s familial identity is made a liability and there is a disconnection with who they are and this impacts who they will be. Doubly so for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who daily have to deal with potential racism and the negative public spectacles and ceaseless conversations that diminish their historical and traditional heritage. When your identity is manifest as a liability it rips into your self-worth.
Protecting the Predators and Perpetrators
- Category: Australian child protection authorities
- Created: Monday, 21 November 2016 20:15
- Written by Julia Zanetti
Police, child protection, family court's, criminal courts, the legal system, our government ... They all protect predators and perpetrators. Hundreds of thousands of stories are emerging Australia wide and yet the general public still don't get it!! No one is exempt, unless you have money to buy your way out!!!
Innocent people are played every single day!! False reports are made, evidence hidden, and when evidence is available it is kept under lock and key!!! Innocent people being forced to plead guilty to crimes they never committed, their children taken under false pretense, and abused in a system that proclaims to provide a better life!! A better life for who?? The money making fraudsters who pocket billions of Australian tax dollars per year?? Or our children??
This is currently what our children endure !! Tell me if this is the better life you all envisioned?? Full of beatings, rape, murder ?? Homelessness, hunger, with no job prospects, little education, no love or true support ?? And ten times the chance of dying ...