Domestic Violence in Australia: The Biggest Scar on Society

Are you a victim of domestic violence? Or, do you have to come across violence, abuses, and intimidating behavior even within the four walls of your home? If yes, then it’s time for you to stand up for yourselves and seek help to come out of this situation. There has been a drastic surge in the cases of domestic violence in Australia and everywhere else around the world. Domestic violence cases have dramatically increased within the past few months, even in the present situation, when the world is fighting with the deadly pandemic outbreak.

Understanding domestic violence

Domestic violence can be referred to as violence, abuse, and intimidation between two people who are presently or have previously been in a close relationship. The perpetrator uses violence as a tool to control and dictate the other person causing him to have grave physical harm and or psychological harm, fear, anxiety, and could, at times, be fatal. Domestic violence is, therefore, considered a violation of human rights.

Domestic violence in Australia encompasses:

  • Physical attack
  • Sexual assault
  • Verbal abuse
  • Emotional torture
  • Financial abuse
  • Technology-aided
  • Social abuse – separating someone from their friends and family
  • Spiritual abuse – preventing someone from practicing their religion.

The Australian Medical Association had recently produced a position statement declaring that:

“Domestic violence is an abuse of power. It is the domination, coercion, intimidation, and victimization of one person by another by physical, sexual, or emotional means within intimate relationships.”

What do we fail to address?

As a society, what we fail to address is that violence in any form doesn’t matter if it is physical or verbal, is never welcome, and hence there is a need to make people aware of it. Cases of domestic violence reported from all over the world have revealed that although domestic violence is not acceptable on any individual, most cases concern more women than men.

Figures speak volumes about such violence

The United Nations Women or UNWomen have found that an estimated 35% of women worldwide have experienced either sexual or physical violence from one intimate partner or by a non-partner at some point in their lives. Similarly, findings from an Australian national survey revealed that almost 39% of women aged 15 and older who have been working in the last five years have had to suffer sexual harassment in the offices and workplace during that period, compared to about 26% of their male counterparts. The biggest highlight is the most common perpetrators; in almost 79% of the cases were male.

Becomes an irreversible scar for life

Domestic violence is a complicated pattern of behaviors that may include, besides physical acts of violence, sexual and emotional abuse, as well as social isolation and financial deprivation. At an individual level, domestic violence can cause grave bodily harm, hurt emotionally, resulting in ill health. The underlying abuse should be recognized and dealt with straight away to prevent this. This will protect the rights of the victims are to be safeguarded.

If you know someone who is probably a victim of domestic violence, or have a friend who needs the necessary guidance to stand up against it, get in touch with WA Suffragettes Equal Pay.

Domestic Violence in Australia: The Biggest Scar on Society

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