Australian of the Year Rosie Batty on the ABC's Q and A program.
Australian of the Year Rosie Batty on the ABC's Q and A program.

YOUR SAY: Government must protect the innocent

THE ABC's Q&A, (23/02) revealed that there is more societal concern over domestic violence than real or perceived terrorism in our society.

The reality is that one in three women suffer DV at the hands of someone they know.

In remote communities the tragedy and consequences are more critical and inter-generational, with few or no resources to change the status quo.

The failure of successive governments to address the problem has contributed to the statistics.

For too long violence against the vulnerable been swept under the carpet, with victims having little public support and few alternatives, but to remain in the war zone which is the abusive family. Mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse have only increased the domestic terror many women and children endure within the family home at the hands of perpetrators.

The veil of secrecy and inaction over the male violence endemic, in a patriarchal system of law and order for centuries, is being lifted by men of conscience, to expose the truth of how easily male-domination of women and children in relationship, potentially exacerbates the curse.

It is bullying to the extreme, with impunity, when silence isn't golden, but denial and deadly.

The social cost is inestimable. The refusal to name it as "criminal assault" with criminal charges pending, has been overturned finally, and now the writing is on the wall for perpetrators.

The Victorian Government's move of a Royal Commission into DV, makes it a political issue and exposes the failures of interactive groups to date, like police and the courts, to contain and reduce the fallout.

Women and children deserve the right to live in peace and securely, without threat and harm, despite their socio-economic circumstances or ethnicity.

It behoves governments to protect the innocent.
Beginning to deconstruct the myths and value systems that perpetuate family violence is a step in right direction.

E ROWE



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