The increase in domestic violence is having a devastating effect on families in this country, with an estimated 657 domestic violence matters reported each day and at least one woman killed each week. Statistics report that 1 out of 6 Australian women and 1 out of 16 men have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence. 1 out of 4 women and 1 out of 6 men have experienced emotional or mental abuse.
This ‘ Silent, Violent Crime’ is sometimes so horrific, it goes undetected for years, as a result of fear and manipulation. The questions that need to be answered are:
- How do we as a community, protect these victims?
- How do these victims through threat and fear, find the courage to speak out and seek help?
- Where is a safe place they can call or go?
- Will they be heard and understood?
- Will they be believed?
- Do they have the emotional or financial ability to escape?
That’s what these perpetrators play on. Shame – Fear – Vulnerability
As a community, we need to make sure there are more services in every region in Australia to protect these families and children. Family and domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness in Australia.
- Safe Spaces
- Free-call Emergency Hotlines
- Immediate Pick-up Servies
- Family Intervention Programs
- Keeping Safe Protective Education
- Recognising the impending signs of violence
- Self Defence Workshops for women & children
We need to educate families and individuals on, ‘recognising the warning signs’, ‘when to leave’ and ‘how to go about it’. We need to educate perpetrators on how to ‘understand their triggers’, ‘keep in touch with their emotions’ and ‘control their behavior’.
© Meagan Lesley
If you require assistance please call the
Domestic Violence Hotline
1800 737 732
Men’s Domestic Violence Hotline
1800 000 599