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Domestic Violence Explosion? Or regular seasonal mayhem?

By johnboy - 27 January 2009 28

The Canberra Times is reporting on a swag of domestic violence issues clogging out courts yesterday.

Chief Magistrate Ron Cahill went so far as to express his concern:

    “It would be interesting to get some statistics on the number of family violence matters we’ve seen lately,” Mr Cahill said. ”It seems to me that in the past six weeks or so, there’s been an explosion of family violence matters coming before these courts. I don’t know what’s happening in this community lately.”

Does Ron normally take Christmas off? Back in November we reported on Housing ACT gearing up for a seasonal rise in domestic violence.

Without wanting to in any way condone domestic violence, it’s a sad fact that anyone with a predeliction to it is more likely to loose control during a period of family stress, disturbed routines, and high alcohol consumption. I.e. The six weeks over Christmas and January.

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Domestic Violence Explosion? Or regular seasonal mayhem?
Sleaz274 12:16 am 28 Jan 09

Well if she wouldn’t burn the f*#$ing roast every year and then not put the beer in the esky on f#$%ing ice like I told her to this wouldn’t happen would it?

Stands to reason

Ian 9:47 pm 27 Jan 09

#12 and #13 – I think you took the comment about police morals too seriously – to me it was a pun on the misspelling of “morale”.

DJ 9:39 pm 27 Jan 09

dexi said :

“I’m not surprised police moral is low when they go to the trouble to arrest these low lifes “

What do you expect when the police have such low morals too.

Wanker. Whoops, a statement based on no information whatsoever… much like yours.

bd84 9:05 pm 27 Jan 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Ne interesting to note whether there’s a correlation between people losing jobs (like IT contractors recently) and domestic violence. If you haven’t lost your job I wouldn’t have thought times were any tougher than normal, with falling interest rates and cheaper petrol.

Of course, some people are always living in tough times, for a variety of reasons.

Maybe the rise in violence is related to the hot weather lately?

If you don’t have a job, your ability to afford to pay the morgage and buy a tank of petrol would be severely effected no matter what the respective levels were.

There’s normally a spike in domestic violence over the christmas/new year period as people go on a drinking binge at home, it’s probably not helped by the economic climate and it becoming more difficult for people to get/keep a job.

dexi said :

“I’m not surprised police moral is low when they go to the trouble to arrest these low lifes “

What do you expect when the police have such low morals too.

Always one idiot who has to bring it off topic with an unfounded jibe at the police..

dexi 5:53 pm 27 Jan 09

“I’m not surprised police moral is low when they go to the trouble to arrest these low lifes “

What do you expect when the police have such low morals too.

Qbn Gal 4:49 pm 27 Jan 09

I agree with Mr Evil. It’s time the judiciary started putting people away for violent crimes ( including serial DUI’s). These 2nd, 3rd and infinitum chances they give people only encourage them as they don’t pay any consequences for their antisocial behaviour. I’m not surprised police moral is low when they go to the trouble to arrest these low lifes and then the judiciary gives them a tiny rap over the knuckles and then sends them back onto the streets to do it all again…..and again……..

Mr Evil 4:30 pm 27 Jan 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Maybe the rise in violence is related to the hot weather lately?

I recall reading somewhere a few years ago that the murder rate actually increased in some US cities during hot weather: a grumpy bastard with a handgun is not to be provoked!

housebound 4:02 pm 27 Jan 09

No, it couldn’t be the hot weather. Who has the energy to do anything much in hot weather?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 4:00 pm 27 Jan 09

Ne interesting to note whether there’s a correlation between people losing jobs (like IT contractors recently) and domestic violence. If you haven’t lost your job I wouldn’t have thought times were any tougher than normal, with falling interest rates and cheaper petrol.

Of course, some people are always living in tough times, for a variety of reasons.

Maybe the rise in violence is related to the hot weather lately?

Mr Evil 3:45 pm 27 Jan 09

Maybe if Cahill and his associates started putting a few violent morons away for their crimes, then the rate of domestic violence might drop?

housebound 3:25 pm 27 Jan 09

Any statistics from the previous Christmas?

barking toad 2:50 pm 27 Jan 09

The Evil one gets the Cletus award for the correct answer – but may cop a torrent from the disciple.

Mr Evil 12:38 pm 27 Jan 09

Australian Cricket team begins to lose = rise in domestic violence?

Global warming?

Working Families fighting over what to spend the bonus on?

Ozi 11:46 am 27 Jan 09

The additional stressors of defaulting on mortgages and having trouble just scraping by would also seem to be fueling this problem.

Thumper 10:46 am 27 Jan 09

I’d add an uncertain economic future to that list JB. Plus a lack of services as well, ie, telstrar, actew, whatever, they all seem to just want to fob you off rather than hear a genuine complaint.

And government is not much better.

There seems to be some sort of malaise hanging over the community at the moment, and if I had to put a word to it I’d suggest dissatisfaction (with everything)

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