Solutions needed for alcohol-related violence

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Canberra, Australia 

Australian of the Year Rosie Batty has spoken out publicly on the links between family violence and alcohol, and called for governments to take more effective action on the issue.

Prevention must be the ultimate goal.

Ms Batty’s 11-year-old son Luke was killed by his father last year—a tragedy leading to Ms Batty becoming a campaigner against domestic violence.

Launching a new report by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education at Parliament House in Canberra, Ms Batty said that too often the link between alcohol and violence is ignored.

The founder of the Luke Batty Foundation told Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott that if Australia is determined to seriously address family violence, it “must act now” to recognise the problem and look for solutions.

“Prevention must be the ultimate goal,” she said.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is among the community groups that have expressed support for more targeted and effective action on the problem alcohol-related violence.

“We have long taught an alcohol-free lifestyle mainly for heath reasons,” says South Pacific Division Women’s Ministries director Erna Johnson, “but we have seen over the many decades that alcohol can have serious social and psychological affects on the people affected, including women and children.”