A woman and her three children (all aged under 12) have been found shot dead on a property near Wagga Wagga in NSW. It is reported that police are searching for a man who lived at the same property and that a crime scene has been established.
This appears to be the latest in a string of violent crimes against women. In fact, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) the most common location for physical assaults against women to occur is in the home. This is one amongst many facts collected by the White Ribbon organisation for its publication, Violence against women: Facts and figures, compiled by Dr. Michael Flood, Research Fellow, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, Health Sciences Faculty, La Trobe University. The White Ribbon organisation began in Canada in 1991 and became a foundation in Australia in 2007. 25 November is White Ribbon Day, the start of 16 days of activism to highlight the need to end violence against women.
Read more at ABC.net.au
Domestic violence takes many forms. It can be social, physical, emotional and/or financial. In Australia it too often goes undetected or ignored when we think it is the case (usually) of a man ‘just’ being chauvinistic. But chauvinism can easily turn to something far darker when a jealous or distressed male partner moves from incivility to aggression, or worse, physical violence. For too long Australians have stood like rabbits in the headlights as the chilling statistics of domestic violence rain down on us. Currently one woman per week is killed by her partner or former partner. Between one quarter and one third of women will experience physical or sexual violence by a man at some time in their lives. If this happened to a section of the community – say policemen – it would be described as an epidemic and tackled head on. So what is it about violence toward women which makes it so easy to ignore? I actually have no clue. There seems to be a fundamental flaw in our society, and this can simply continue without challenge. I simply don’t understand why we don’t care more.
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What do you think? Is one domestic violence death a week acceptable? Really? If this was a medical condition, would we react differently?