Last weekend in Australia we had three horrific murders of women at the hands of someone they knew. Domestic Violence is so common now that it hardly makes the news. One woman a week in Australia is still being killed by someone well known to them.
‘To say it’s been an awful week for women is an understatement. It’s been a horrific month and Saturday the 7th of July was diabolical’. To date 34 women have been violently killed”. (Womens Agenda)
According to the Counting Dead Women Australia researchers of Destroy The Joint it takes the number of Australian women violently killed in 2018 to 34.
Thirty four women killed in 27 weeks.
That is eight innocent victims of violence in a single month. Eight people forever gone. Countless more lives forever marked by this brutality.
If eight Australians had been killed in other circumstances – terror or negligence – tell me we wouldn’t have a task-force formed by now?
It is about to get worse.
Did you know that the statistics of Domestic Violence escalate when the football is on.
Ahead of this year’s World Cup, studies showing a correlation between violence and football were widely shared – with these reports finding that domestic abuse increases when England wins or loses a match.
The reactive campaign for the National Centre for Domestic Violence has been launched as the World Cup picks up pace. It features images of national flags imprinted onto women’s faces in blood.
Statistics are the same in Australia for AFL Grand final and the Rugby League World Cup. While the State of Origin is playing, the violence increases by 40 % (source).
New data from the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research spanning six years from 2012 to 2017 indicates a 40.7 per cent average increase in domestic violence, and 71.8 per cent in non-domestic assaults across the state on Origin game days.
So while many of you are looking forward to the World Cup, Many women and families are dreading it.
Experts say the “disturbing findings” suggest the Origin’s “particular celebration of heavy drinking, masculinity, tribalism, and the toxic level of aggressive alcohol promotion have collided to encourage drinking to excess and domestic violence” (source)
Domestic violence – refers to acts of violence that occur in domestic settings between two people who are, or were, in an intimate relationship. It includes physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and financial abuse.
Yes, men can be victims too, but the overwhelming accounts of violence are from male perpetrators. Both women and men are more likely to experience violence at the hands of men, with around 95% of all victims of violence in Australia reporting a male perpetrator.
So while you crack open a beer and sit back to watch the game. Think of the women who are dreading the results, in more ways than one.
The National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line — 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) — is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
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