Domestic violence is when there in violence or aggressive behaviour in the home or within the family. It usually involves one or more violent family member.
The problem is that people are stuck in abusive and dangerous relationships.
People are injured and killed due to domestic violence.
This violence is happening to children as well as adults.
Not all domestic violence is obvious and some people think it is normal.
People don’t feel safe in their own homes.
On average at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner in Australia.
One in three Australian women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15.
Domestic or family violence against women is the single largest driver of homelessness for women, a common factor in child protection notifications and results in a police call-out on average once every two minutes across the country.
Women are five times more likely than men to require medical attention or hospitalisation as a result of intimate partner violence, and five times more likely to report fearing for their lives.
Of those women who experience violence, more than half have children in their care.
I personally have never been affected by or subjected to Domestic violence.
My family has never personally been affected by Domestic Violence and it has never been a problem that we have had to face.
Economically domestic violence costs Australia about 13 billion dollars a year.
It also affects society in that police are called out to homes around the country about 5000 times a week, this leaves less policemen and women to deal with other situations.
Our hospitals are filled with patients that have sustained injuries as a result of domestic violence and homeless shelters are overflowing with women and children whose homes are unsafe to return to.
Domestic Violence is considered an issue because of the amount of people it affects and the ways in which it affects them both physically and mentally.
In the 2016 Bishop statement for domestic violence, Pope Francis said that "we must always say NO to violence in the home" and that domestic violence in all its forms offends against a vision of family as a place of safety and love, where children learn to respect and live with others.
Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. (Colossians 3:19)
For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. (Psalms 37:9)
It can cause some people to become depressed or dissociated. People who have experienced domestic violence can also become stressed and suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
The catholic church teaches that violence against any other person in any form fails to treat that person as someone worthy of love, instead it treats the person as an object to be used. Many parishes and dioceses have made domestic violence a priority issue.
According to the 2014 National Community Attitudes Toward Violence Against Women Survey, young australians are more likely to blame the victims of domestic violence and excuse and minimise violence against women although 98% of young australians still recognise domestic violence as a serious matter and that it is against the law.
We need to have set laws in place that make penalties for domestic violence consistent and firm. Support services for those affected need better funding and the wider community needs better education and awareness.
We need to know the signs of domestic violence and report anything to the correct authorities.
Governments need to help women to become economically independent so that they don’t have to rely on abusive partners for shelter, clothing, food, etc.