Today I opened up a news feed to see that a 7-week-old baby is in critical condition after being assaulted by a male. The
As a society, we have to ask ourselves how we can protect our most vulnerable? Our disabled, our women and most significantly our children are the ones that we as a progressive society need to care for. Measures need to be put in place, and our duly elected representatives, i.e. The Government need to step up and provide leadership, protection and solutions where they are most required.
The issue of domestic violence is a bi-partisan one. Whatever side of government you are on doesn't matter. It's a national issue and its one which needs addressing more than ever.
Frightening numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that:
Domestic violence does go both ways. Men can, although not often, be the victims too. For the purpose of this article, the focus has been on women, and the numbers surrounding them and they are frightening.
Our homes should be our sanctuary, our safe place. When we close those doors, we should feel secure and protected. For millions of women and children, this clearly isn't the case. Their homes are places of fear, of violence, of suffering. It isn't enough to mourn the victims when they are gone. We need action, and we need it now. This violence against women and children HAS. TO. STOP.
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support, please contact one of the support hotline numbers below.
Call 000 for Police and Ambulance help if you are in immediate danger.
Call toll-free 1800 737 732
Lifeline has a national number who can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your State.
Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can call 13 11 14.