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“Your Court Your Safety” a booklet to help deal with domestic violence

By johnboy - 3 December 2012 54

Joy Burch has launched a resource booklet to help those struggling with domestic violence survive the courts:

The booklet “Your Court Your Safety” provides guidance and information on support services to victims of domestic violence to empower and assist them.

“We know one in three Australian women will experience domestic violence in their life time.” Minister Burch said.

“The impact can be psychologically, socially, economically on women, children, families and the community as a whole in both the short and long term,

“This practical resource provides advice and support and will contribute to an increased sense of safety for women.

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bundah 11:14 pm 06 Dec 12

LSWCHP said :

Mr Evil said :

Actually, I think the bigger issue is that far too many perpertrators of domestic violence get away with little more than a smack on the wrist for their actions.Wasn’t there a case in Canberra recently where some dropkick punched his partner fair in the face, and then walked away with a suspended sentence?

There was a case in Canberra 10 years ago where my dropkick wife punched me in the face (again) and eventually walked away with the majority of what I owned in the ensuing “no fault” divorce. Not that I’m bitter.

As many others have stated here, domestic violence is just violence. It shouldn’t be treated differently because of the location of the event. And gender, sexual orientation or whatever should all be removed from the treatment of the problem. Nobody should be beating or abusing other people in any way.

Yes in an ideal world that would be the case however the animal lingers below the surface and rears its ugly head far too often.If only we could all adopt the concept of do unto others there would be far more harmony but unfortunately it’s a pipe dream.

LSWCHP 6:51 pm 06 Dec 12

Mr Evil said :

Actually, I think the bigger issue is that far too many perpertrators of domestic violence get away with little more than a smack on the wrist for their actions.Wasn’t there a case in Canberra recently where some dropkick punched his partner fair in the face, and then walked away with a suspended sentence?

There was a case in Canberra 10 years ago where my dropkick wife punched me in the face (again) and eventually walked away with the majority of what I owned in the ensuing “no fault” divorce. Not that I’m bitter.

As many others have stated here, domestic violence is just violence. It shouldn’t be treated differently because of the location of the event. And gender, sexual orientation or whatever should all be removed from the treatment of the problem. Nobody should be beating or abusing other people in any way.

m00nee 5:18 pm 06 Dec 12

to quote Poetix:

“Um, the tone of post 49 is decidedly unpleasant.”

It continually amazes me that people can produce statistics proving that Domestic Assaults occurs in all facets of our community yet people like Kakosi still persist in denying that a male is capable of being the subject of abuse.

Kakosi, please read the results of the surveys that have been linked to in this discussion. The Canadian survey is the most comprehensive gender-neutral Domestic Violence study ever undertaken. The results not only support the oft quoted claim of 3 in 1 women will experience domestic violence in their life time, but demonstrates that the numbers are almost the same for males as well.

I will reiterate that I, and I think every person that has commented are not deriding what Ms Burch/Birch is trying to achieve, just that we need to acknowledge that the government needs to started looking at domestic assaults as a community issue, regardless of race, religion or gender.

chewy14 12:21 pm 06 Dec 12

Jim Jones said :

It’s so unfair that all my taxpayer dollars are spent on ‘birthing centres’ and ‘neonatal clinics’ that pander to women.

Men have children too, so why all the money and marketing focus on women?

It’s blatant sexism is what it is. I think gender should be left out of the equation entirely.

Exactly right Jim, good point.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=5302756&page=1

Jim Jones 10:38 am 06 Dec 12

It’s so unfair that all my taxpayer dollars are spent on ‘birthing centres’ and ‘neonatal clinics’ that pander to women.

Men have children too, so why all the money and marketing focus on women?

It’s blatant sexism is what it is. I think gender should be left out of the equation entirely.

kakosi 12:45 am 06 Dec 12

I wish the police and government would stop calling this domestic violence – it’s men bashing, raping or torturing their wives and partners – and it’s still an accepted part of Australian society because it’s not taken seriously by the police, courts or by some people here it seems.

All this stupidity about men being victims of women seems to me an attempt to water down the real problem of women being nothing more than punching bags for any poor excuse for a man who wants to treat them that way.

kea 12:21 am 06 Dec 12

dpm said :

kea said :

From a marketing perspective, the media release is text book perfect.. they have a clear understanding of their product and their target market and have begun a marketing campaign it in the most effective way they know how. Are you advising they should homogenise and waste their marketing $$ in an effort to be PC?

If, as you seem to have been stating, it is solely a resource for female victims (see #4, #7 and #12 etc) then, no, I’d say they don’t have their MR text book perfect. But, as I have been trying to say, to do so they would simply have to change the title to:
“New resource to empower the *female* victims of domestic violence”
Then they’d be hitting their target market perfectly, and people would probably be less confused.

However, if it is just a basic copy of the NSW ‘Your Court, Your Safety’ booklet, then I think you’ll find that overall, the booklet *is* quite gender-neutral.
http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lawlink/cpd/ll_cpd.nsf/vwFiles/Domestic_Violence_Booklet_Web_version.pdf/%24file/Domestic_Violence_Booklet_Web_version.pdf
(really, their writing style covers all victims, IMO)…

This would then mean their MR title etc is fine, but your comments that it’s OK that male victims are excluded would be the thing that is incorrect? So basically, if the ACT version is a ~copy of the NSW booklet, you could have simply responded at #4, #7 and #12 that ‘Yes, the booklet caters for all victims, regardless of gender etc.’ and everyone would have been happy, i’m guessing. Has anyone read the new ACT booklet?

The media release said the document was produced and published through the 2010-11 ACT Women’s grant..
Perhaps take it up with them.

Having been on the receiving end of financial and psychological abuse, I am glad to hear that there are more services in place, for anyone, not just women. I have definitely felt a shift in culture from 8 years ago to now, and even though we are still in the system, it feels like the system is better equipped to support us through the next phase.. the level of understanding and empathy from the people I have to deal with today makes a huge impact on self esteem, dignity, etc had things been like this back then, I would have lived a very different 8 years… and this is still to do with the same person btw.. 8 years on and he STILL plays dirty tricks.. still atempts to perpetrate abuse.. can’t help himself.. and the scary thing the sociopath walks among you.. could be sitting in the next stall…. o_O

DrKoresh 11:11 pm 05 Dec 12

IrishPete said :

…Balancing, or perhaps unbalancing, this are that the injuries received by women victims of DV tend to be more serious than the injuries received by men. Whether this is just because, on average, men are bigger and stronger, or because men’s violence is “deliberately worse” [is up for debate],…
IP

I think it is more due to physiology than any inherent cruelty or viciousness on the part of male offenders. I recall reading somewhere that woman perpetrators of DV are more likely to use a knife or other weapon on their partner, presumably to compensate for their (generally) smaller physiques.

IrishPete 9:29 pm 05 Dec 12

Note that the ABS statistics someone quoted earlier are Recorded Crime – for a crime to be recorded, the victim has to report it to police, and police have to take it seriously and record it..

Surveys tend to show a slightly different picture from recorded crime – for all types of crime, but here we’re discussing domestic violence.

From memory (and it’s a memory with some specialist knowledge in this area), research shows men and women are equally likely to be victims of domestic violence. Balancing, or perhaps unbalancing, this are that the injuries received by women victims of DV tend to be more serious than the injuries received by men. Whether this is just because, on average, men are bigger and stronger, or because men’s violence is “deliberately worse”, I don’t think the research can answer that question yet.

And I can’t recall whether the research has anything to say about the frequency of the violence. So it’s possible that one third of men are victims of DV in the lifetime, and one third of women, but women are victims more frequently, (*e.g. as an extreme example, those women who are victims have an average of 10 ssault in their lifetime but the men only one).

IP

dpm 5:31 pm 05 Dec 12

kea said :

From a marketing perspective, the media release is text book perfect.. they have a clear understanding of their product and their target market and have begun a marketing campaign it in the most effective way they know how. Are you advising they should homogenise and waste their marketing $$ in an effort to be PC?

If, as you seem to have been stating, it is solely a resource for female victims (see #4, #7 and #12 etc) then, no, I’d say they don’t have their MR text book perfect. But, as I have been trying to say, to do so they would simply have to change the title to:
“New resource to empower the *female* victims of domestic violence”
Then they’d be hitting their target market perfectly, and people would probably be less confused.

However, if it is just a basic copy of the NSW ‘Your Court, Your Safety’ booklet, then I think you’ll find that overall, the booklet *is* quite gender-neutral.
http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lawlink/cpd/ll_cpd.nsf/vwFiles/Domestic_Violence_Booklet_Web_version.pdf/%24file/Domestic_Violence_Booklet_Web_version.pdf
(really, their writing style covers all victims, IMO)…

This would then mean their MR title etc is fine, but your comments that it’s OK that male victims are excluded would be the thing that is incorrect? So basically, if the ACT version is a ~copy of the NSW booklet, you could have simply responded at #4, #7 and #12 that ‘Yes, the booklet caters for all victims, regardless of gender etc.’ and everyone would have been happy, i’m guessing. Has anyone read the new ACT booklet?

m00nee 4:49 pm 05 Dec 12

kea said :

From a marketing perspective, the media release is text book perfect.. they have a clear understanding of their product and their target market and have begun a marketing campaign it in the most effective way they know how. Are you advising they should homogenise and waste their marketing $$ in an effort to be PC?

Kea, in answer to your question Yes, that is what any reasonable person would expect. Does the statement make any less impact when read as:

The booklet “Your Court Your Safety” provides guidance and information on support services to victims of domestic violence to empower and assist them.
“We know one in three Australians will experience domestic violence in their life time.” Minister Burch said.
“The impact can be psychologically, socially, economically on families and the community as a whole in both the short and long term,
“This practical resource provides advice and support and will contribute to an increased sense of safety for everybody.

DrKoresh 2:27 pm 05 Dec 12

what_the said :

Men are also more likely to be victims of a homocide by about a 70% on average.

I think you’ll find that the number of female victims of homicide is much higher than reported, it’s just that many of the murdered women are too afraid to come forward and report it to police.

kea 12:17 pm 05 Dec 12

From a marketing perspective, the media release is text book perfect.. they have a clear understanding of their product and their target market and have begun a marketing campaign it in the most effective way they know how. Are you advising they should homogenise and waste their marketing $$ in an effort to be PC?

Flossie 8:36 am 05 Dec 12

Shhhhhh! There are also people in the LGBTQI community who perpetrate and/or suffer domestic violence. Maybe it’s too simplistic to focus on gender, and to revert to the gender binary. If its not about gender, then what??? Hmmmmmm, power maybe? But don’t tell anyone. If we start looking at the truth we might actually work our way towards a resolution.

Binary thinking and/or generalisations certainly preserve the old brain power tho…

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