September 25, 2015

We Say No to Domestic Violence

If you're from Australia then you would have noticed, read and heard the recent news around the unacceptable domestic violence against women; for me it is heart-breaking to hear that this is happening and that many women live in fear of someone they believed that they love and trusted with all their heart and soul.

This year to date, and we're nearly 10 months into 2015, 63 women and children have been killed by partners or family - people that they trust with all their heart and soul! Just yesterday on the news I heard that a 31 year old man from the Hunter Valley, 2 hours north of Sydney, was charged with killing his 12 year old stepdaughter; what parent, guardian or anyone would do this to a child, to someone that they love?! I just don't understand this and I don't believe that I ever will.

Our new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, stated that "Disrespecting women does not always result in violence against women"….."But all violence against women begins with disrespecting women" as he unveiled a $100 million package to boost support services, training and fund practical measures to help those fleeing abusive relationships. The aim of the package is to keep women safe in their homes, on the streets and online. I totally support.

I would have to say that I am very lucky to not be a victim of domestic violence and nor do I know of any close friends and/or family going through this. However, you never know what is going on behind someone's closed door; they could be putting on a very brave face in public.

Respect should be given to everyone regardless of gender, age, status or even job titles. We are all people, we are all humans and we are all here for a limited time; we shouldn't have to live in fear and nor should we be fearing those we love, trust and respect.

Have you experienced domestic violence or know of someone? How did you or they manage to get out or what help was available?

Love and respect each other.

Jo x

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