Trigger Warning: This post discusses domestic violence. Feel free to move on from this post if it’s distressing for you.
On Tuesday, (or Wednesday?), I wrote a comment on columnist Andrew Bolt’s Herald Sun blog asking whether he saw the ABC’s Q and A special on domestic violence and his own thoughts. Not long after I sent the comment tone moderated, I thought I had been silly to ask the question, knowing he’s a vocal critic of Q and A at the best of times. However, i realised I didn’t regret the query. Simple reason; because it’s clear that the discussion of domestic violence needs to be discussed by everybody, regardless of political persuasion.
It’s only February, and already, around fifteen women have been murdered by a partner. Apart from the killings, there are women and men who live in terror on a daily basis due to domestic violence, and not just physical, but also psychological and sexual as well. It’s estimated that one in three women over the age of fifteen will experience sexual or physical violence by her intimate partner in her lifetime.
The death of 11- year – old Luke Batty in 2013 again bought the issue of domestic violence into the spotlight. His mother, 2015’s Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty has since been a tireless campaigner against family violence. She was on the panel of Q and A last week. It’s such an important topic that needs both discussion, but even more importantly, more action. Unfortunately, family courts and DCS caseworkers are often stretched to the limit and the best decisions are not always made. Fear of legal repercussions on the caseworkers is also a barrier that is often faced.
It’s no doubt that reform is needed. I think slowly attitudes are changing, but we’re not there yet. In the meantime, I think it would be great if people in the media could keep the discussion happening and reform eventually happens. I think the Q and A special was a move in the right direction.
Did did you see the Q and A episode?