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.