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Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor introduces legislation to create tougher penalties for domestic violence!

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Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said domestic violence was ‘one of the most widespread and insidious crimes’ in society, which was why Labor introduced new laws into the Parliament that deliver harsher punishments for perpetrators of domestic violence.

“Domestic violence can have long-term psychological and emotional trauma,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“It’s an issue that can permeate through entire families, often engulfing generation after generation.PalaszczukAnnastacia

“The Bill I introduced into Parliament yesterday sends a clear message both to perpetrators and the wider community that domestic and family violence is not acceptable.

“If the Government supports this Bill, people who attack their spouses and partners will face increased punishments.

“The sad fact is that every week in this country a women is killed by a partner.

“But while these tragedies are occurring each week, the ABS says the rate of victims reporting is less than 20 per cent.

“As a community, each and…

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4 thoughts on “Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor introduces legislation to create tougher penalties for domestic violence!

  1. About time they started jailing Aborigines for bashing their wives/partners. Numerous surveys, reports etc show that Aborigines have a higher rate of abuse than whites.

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    Posted by palmersaurusp | May 24, 2014, 10:50 pm
    • Hi Palmersaurusp – Not sure if you have heard of this, it has been around quite a while now but in Australia, we have what is called Reconciliation. One of the very important parts of Reconciliation is that there is no room for prejudice and racism. Regardless of whether the statistics are highest for Indigenous or Non-Indigenous, the only purpose your comments serve is to create division and increase racism.

      Yes, Indigenous people are over-represented in experiencing domestic violence, but you also failed to mention that women in rural and remote areas (including non-indigenous) and women from non-English speaking back grounds and women with a disability are also more likely to experience domestic violence and LGBTI domestic violence is extremely under-reported and there is a lack of statistical studies in this area, but estimates are approx 2 in 5 men and approx 40% of women.

      All these groups are higher risk groups than hetro-sexual English speaking white women who live in metropolitan areas and are in a middle to high income bracket. Yet, this still does not normalise or de-legitimise domestic violence for this group either. Just because stats are higher for any group, does not mean that this particular group is inherently violent. Many factors increase the risk of violence for different groups and race is not one of them. Violence is violence. It doesn’t discriminate if you are the victim.

      Also, your comment focusing on physical violence is a misconception. DV is can include one or a mixture of Physical, Sexual, Psychological, Social, Economic, and Spiritual abuse.

      The ALP’s intent to introduce this legislation is to work towards the eradication of domestic violence. This legislation will be put in place to work for everyone across all races and religions and across all gender-mixes within a relationship.

      If we want to talk about Indigenous specific issues, let us talk about Abbott’s cuts to Indigenous Legal Aid Services and Indigenous Programs that make it even more difficult for our first people to leave a violent situation. Let us talk about Abbott’s removal of Indigenous specific supports that were critical for women in domestic violent situations. Let us talk about the ingrained racism in this country that discriminates against many Indigenous people in finding employment, housing and community engagement and the lack of funding and support to turn this around. These are all risk factors for Domestic Violence, regardless of what group you belong to. However, the Abbott Government is working hard to ensure they are more prevalent for our Indigenous people.

      Governments who do not care enough to invest in proper supports and funding for ALL risk groups are enabling violence as far as I am concerned.

      Please do not post racial slurs on my blog ever again. They do not sit well with me.

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      Posted by trishcorry | May 25, 2014, 12:21 am
  2. Domestic violence [DV] is abhorrent when perpetrated by anyone. It has no respect for colour, socio-economic status, age – or any other indicator – except we do know that the majority of extreme physical DV is perpetrated by men against women. May is DV Awareness Month, and the media has contributed many excellent articles, analyses, research documents and personal narratives highlighting the incredible impact that DV has on the lives of women and their children. However, nothing will change until the wider community acknowledges that the gravest danger to women’s safety is not from some unknown stranger but from their partners or ex-partners. This is an uncomfortable social fact and trying to devise systems to protect women after the fact are merely band-aid solutions. What are we doing to ensure that we address the issue at its base: Why are we producing men/boys whose behaviour towards women is based on power, control and violence? Why aren’t they named and shamed? Why are women ‘blamed’ for being the victims? If my comments attract any response, I imagine they will perpetuate the usual myths – the “what about the men” argument; how women should ‘just leave’ (this is actually the most dangerous thing a woman can do), etc etc. If you know someone who is violent towards their partner, what do you do? Do you report them? Do you ignore them? Do you expose their repulsive behaviour to others? Or do you just turj away a little and claim it’s none of your business?

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    Posted by Carole | May 25, 2014, 12:21 am
    • What I do, is I talk to the person (victim) and I take it on a case by case basis. I give all the contacts for professional support I can find and encourage that person to link in with professional services, even go with them as a support person. Some situations are extremely volatile and I believe professional supports are the best supports, as they have the resources, skills and knowledge to evaluate each case and provide the best possible assistance. If the person refuses to go, I would contact a professional service and seek advice. There have been two instances where I have called the police directly.

      Another one I would like to add to yours if, if you hear violence in your neighbourhood, you can tell the difference between a normal argument and a women who is terrified or screaming in pain. Call the police immediately. Don’t think it is not your business.

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      Posted by trishcorry | May 25, 2014, 12:33 am

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Trish Corry

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I love to discuss Australian Politics. My key areas of interest are Welfare, Disadvantage, emotions in the workplace, organisational behaviour, stigma, leadership, women, unionism. I am pro-worker and anti-conservativism/Liberalism. I am a proud member of the Australian Labor Party and you will find my blog posts written from a Laborist / Progressive Slant.

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