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Soap Box #127 Ordinary domestic violence

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Mandy is dead (no pun) right? A cop I know told me the worst thing they have to deal with is “Domestic Violence”. Why is hitting a woman or child getting less headlines than some brute king hitting a man in the streets.
    I have forty years ago as a young man been King Hit three times, and in one incident then set on by a gang punched and kicked to the ground then used as a football. Three stitches in the head so I was lucky.
    I detest these king hit cowards and rarely do they hit someone who looks a hard target. But men bashing women is the lowest. Fact is the media is not doing it’s job, getting it’s priorities right. Men brutally hitting women and kids sometimes ending in death or shocking injuries, must get public and police attention it deserves.

  2. Mandy is right again – how about Mandy for prime minister – I reckon she would do a better jOb than our current politicians.
    Women are the most abused people on the planet – violence against women is a pandemic – the World Health association survey in 2012 reported that 1 in 3 women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime – that is approximately One Billion women. It is not only DV, it is sexual trafficking, gender based abortion, child prostitution, slavery, dowry murders, infanticide because girls are worth less than goats in some countries – the list goes on. In the Northern Rivers in 2012 and 2013 there were over 3,000 assaults and sexual assaults of women and they were the ones reported to the police – that is nearly 30 a week.

    Lismore is joining the global campaign One Billion Rising for Justice with LISMORE RISING. A RELATIONSHIP FORUM at Lismore Workers club on Feb 13 from 6-8pm with Mandy as host. On Feb 14 RISE, RELEASE, DANCE event next to the transit Centre on Molesworth St from 4.30 – 6pm. “A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT and a PRAYER – a powerful theatre production at the Star Court theatre 8pm.

  3. The reason unfortunately is the media need pictures to tell a story and videos of drunk morons bashing each other are easy to find.

    Till we get serious about reducing excess alcohol consumption, Australian society will suffer in many ways – domestic violence, street fighting, vehicle accidents etc.

  4. You answered your own question. It’s behind closed doors and not on the street with witnesses. So how do we open the door?

  5. Wow I didn’t realise it was one woman a week. That’s incredible that we, in Australia, as a society, allow this. When I say allow it, I mean by there being no big campaigns (like the one now against king hits and street violence) against violence towards women, we tacitly condone it. It’s proof to anyone who still believes that we have an equal society that we actually live in one where a woman’s life is worth less than a man’s. How else can you see it?

    It also says something about a generally misunderstood issue that has little recognition yet is a large part of this ongoing tragedy, and that is love addiction. It’s a compulsion like alcoholism or gambling that compels the sufferer to seek love and approval from an unavailable partner. Police and health workers see women every day who are hooked on their relationships and unable to leave violent, destructive ones. Men can be suffers too.

  6. Thank you Mandy for raising this very important issue. For women wishing to support the struggle concerning such issues I suggest that we support the wonderful work done by feminists contributing to the Jesse Street Library. This organisation is now on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/national womens library. The issue raised by Mandy was recently discussed at a Conference and supporters will be further informed by ongoing discussions.

  7. GREAT SOAP BOX TOPIC – thank you Mandy

    I am a woman, I have suffered abuse in my life time and not reported it. Along with lots of other women that I know – and there are so many more than you might expect!

    Yes I mean the physical violent kind of abuse, quite aside from the many many experiences of ‘socially acceptable’ abuse I have suffered that are passed off as normal behaviour (often in the form of sexual objectification by men).

    I deeply regret not having not been prepared to swell the numbers of these horrifying statistics to a level that simply cannot be ignored – not reported through shame, a misguided sense of responsibility for the actions of another and feeling isolated … perhaps this stems from centuries of conditioning?

    Women everywhere – speak up, report violence, share your stories, get support – write about it here. You deserve to be treated with tender loving care; not abused – we all do!

    Men – speak up, stand up for women, own up if you need to (to yourself), be horrified at these tragic statistics, renounce abusive behaviour. You deserve to be treated with tender loving care; not abused – we all do!

    Lets make it the subject of conversation – forget the weather, talk about this stuff. Its a conversation we should all be having.

    We have the power to change the way we (humanity) have become numbed to the state we are.

    It is our responsibility – to expose and eradicate abuse; from street violence, to behind closed doors violence, to bullying, to the demeaning of women, abuse of children, and the list goes on and on and on….

  8. The ‘one punch’ gets the headlines because innocent people die from them, that’s why. When domestic violence results in death, they also get the headlines. What’s so difficult to understand?

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