What is actually happening?
What are we doing?
Domestic violence is a broad ranging issue that impacts people you know and care about. Our free No Respect, No Relationship talks to help people to make good choices about relationships. We are available, free of charge, to speak with your group
Unfortunately many of us have heard the statistic that one woman in Australia is killed every week by a current or former partner. What many of us probably don’t realise is that there are many other forms of domestic violence which have a far broader impact.
Anywhere from one quarter to one third of Australian woman will experience physical or sexual violence by a man at some point after they turn 15 years old. This problem doesn’t just impact women, one in three victims of family violence and abuse is a male. But the most vulnerable victims of family violence are the children of the relationship, who have no power to leave or protect themselves.
As experienced family law and criminal law practitioners, we see the outcome of this family violence every day in our professional lives. We are keen to be involved in primary prevention of the problem, as well as helping people after the fact.
We offer these seminars for free because we are local solicitors who want to make a difference in our community. We want to start a conversation with these people, get them thinking about respect and challenging disrespectful behaviour that they see and have perhaps accepted as normal in their lives. We want people to critically analyse behaviour of themselves and other people. We can't achieve this in an hour, but we can start a conversation.
More than statistics
Our objection to these statistics is that it focuses only on deaths, or assaults or other police responses to domestic violence. Surely most people would agree that we want to do something about all domestic violence, for women, children and men, not just domestic violence resulting in the death of the victim or police intervention.
If you would like to book a free No Respect, No Relationship talk for your school, community group or work place please contact Janis today.