There has been a spate of domestic violence-related crimes in the Tuggeranong area recently, including two murders. The brutality and timing of these crimes have left residents shocked.
I have been asking myself what is my part to play in reducing these sorts of crimes. I don’t pretend to have the full answer, however, here are my thoughts.
Canberra is going through some hard times with many families struggling financially. This places extra stress on people which can turn small arguments into much bigger ones.
These days people do tend to keep to themselves and we have lost a lot as a society around being a community and helping those around us. Our lifestyles make it easy to go to and from work and never see our neighbours.
How can individuals address these issues?
1. I invite men to stand up and make it clear that violence of any kind is not okay. When we see negative behaviour in our bros, we need to say something. If you’re interested, you can sign up to the White Ribbon Initiative.
2. We need to make it clear to both men and women in our community that it is okay to ask for help. Don’t let stress build up. Men often think it is a sign of weakness if they do ask for help. We all need help at times in our lives and there is nothing wrong with asking. Man Therapy is a great resource.
3. Let’s make sure women feel safe to speak up if they are suffering from abuse or feeling threatened. Add your voice.
4. Let’s socialise more in our local communities. Get to know your neighbours. Support projects like Parties at the Shops.
While these small steps won’t eliminate the issue of domestic violence, I do believe that they help communities move in the right direction.
What are your thoughts?