Domestic Violence Against Women And Children

1115 Words Feb 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Women aren’t the only victims of domestic violence. Society must recognise, support and protect all victims of domestic violence.
Good morning everyone.

Victoria’s CSA chief statistician Fiona Dowsley states domestic violence reports in Victoria have topped 70,000 cases in the last year. With these results it would be assumed that they would be directly related to women. Since the recent illegalisation of domestic violence results show that women and children aren’t the only victims.
Domestic violence is an issue that has been around for centuries, but in the effort to eliminate violence against women and children, many other victims of domestic violence have been overlooked and/or forgotten. During my dad’s time in the police, they averaged around 26 domestic violence calls a day.
Domestic violence against people other than women isn’t as uncommon as you may have thought, think about this; one in six men have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16, this is equivalent to an estimated 2.6 million male victims, victims that the media doesn’t give the recognition that they need in order to receive help and protection and eliminate stigma.
In Mildura there are two shelters for female victims of domestic violence. If a male victim decides to leave their home for their own safety the nearest men’s shelters are in Adelaide or Melbourne. This is at least a 4 hour car trip to seek help, help that should be provided locally. Even though they too are victims their needs are…
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