I watched a special program on Channel 7 on May 28 titled ‘Australia’s Hidden Shame’.
I had no idea what it was about, but I have a lot of respect for Ray Martin as a reporter so decided to watch it.
It highlighted new ways in which NSW Police force were tackling domestic violence, a dreadful crime.
I particularly liked that it was not gender specific and covered abuse in regional areas as well.
I agree with the NSW Police seeing any violence towards women or men for that matter as a crime and the perpetrator charged irrespective of whether the victim wants it or not.
If anyone was assaulted on the streets, they would be charged irrespective of who they are, so why should a similar crime behind closed doors be treated any differently?
Another factor was that we should be working together on this “dark secret” and rather than having groups of men sit down together and talk about what drives their abuse and groups of women discuss their situation as victims, there should be forums where both should get together and work together on how we can resolve this abuse.
I guess there are numerous underlying issues, as no one is born an abuser!
Two very important things that stick out for me is “anger” and “disempowerment” and a perpetrator has issues with anger and the victim has issues with empowerment.
So rather than talk around the issue, let’s start to work as a community, women and men discussing how to positively direct anger and ways that we can empower society, as far back as early years and young adults to get the help they need to work towards a respect for each other.
There is a solution, but we need to talk less and do more.
Nothing has worked so far to reduce the statistics.
Domestic violence is a crime and should treated so – it is a crime that terrorises Australians.
What we are doing now is not working. Perhaps we should look outside of the norm and find new ways and laws to stop this crime.
Dilene Hinton, Inverloch.