One woman dies a week in Australia due to domestic violence. Where to we start to stop this. Brave women get up and leave, but the average is they try about 7 times before they make the break.
Then they can get stalked and harassed for months or years afterwards. Courts allow abusive men to see the children, children that these men have traumatised with their actions.
Women who survive domestic violence deserve more than a white ribbon they deserve a gold medal. they have been to hell and back.
But lets not forget that domestic violence can at times be perpetrated by a woman against her own children. This is often the outcome of undiagnosed mental health issues but it does happen.
But mostly its the children the innocent who suffer. They suffer watching their mum being beaten some get beaten themselves. Some get old enough to try to stand up to the offender and protect their mums and sisters and they then suffer from the moral stance.
Then we breed a new lot of men who answer problems with violence. We have to stop it. If you hear yelling from a house down the road, call the police. If you see something happening step in, if its safe to do so. Otherwise call the police.
We need to push the government to have assistance for the families who are escaping we need to have shorter waiting lists for safe housing and we need to make the governments take care of our kids by having counselling, courses and resources for the families.
I know of a church group who put together little packs for women who are in this situation, it doesn’t contain much; toiletries, washing liquid and powder, powered milk, rice & pasta, a couple of tins of food and salt & pepper. just some things to help someone starting out the staples for about a week. It is a small gesture but it means a lot to someone who is starting off again with nothing. Been there done that. Had that help years ago and try to pay back or pay forward to help those who are going through something that no one prepares you for. You never expect the one you trust to turn on you.
But again White Ribbon to remember. Gold Medal to the survivors