Earlier in the week Miranda Devine of The Daily Telegraph wrote an article in response to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s press conference announcing $100 million to be spent combating domestic violence within Australia. Miranda describes in her article the kind of people that suffer at the hands of an abuser.
Violence against women does discriminate, starkly. It is concentrated in communities with a high indigenous population, in the Northern Territory, in impoverished rural towns, in the urban fringes where the underclass lives, where welfare has emasculated men, where unemployment is high and education poor, and where drug and alcohol abuse is rife. These are the obvious preconditions for violence.
If you want to break the cycle of violence, end the welfare incentive for unsuitable women to keep having children to a string of feckless men.
What Miranda doesn’t go on to mention is the high rates of domestic violence in some of the most affluent suburbs of Sydney. Or that men suffer from domestic violence, just like women do. Verbal abuse is domestic violence, just as physical violence is. How often have we all heard a woman yelling at her male partner because she can and no one is going to stop her in public?
So why is it a bad thing Miranda that the PM is doing something about the domestic violence issue in this country?
Chris Brown being denied entry into Australia is one of those steps. New Zealand has also banned him. An extremely prolific domestic violence case saw him be punished by the world. Except a few years on some people seem to believe that it’s O.K now. That’s it was a small mistake and he shouldn’t have to be punished. Does that idea tech other men that it’s O.K if you lose your temper and hit someone, that after awhile everything goes back to normal? The attack occurred in 2009 and is still associated with Brown strongly.
Brown has 28 days to lodge an appeal against his declined visa, and many Australians are angry on both sides of this issue.
People are commenting on social media that the Australian Government is a joke and that Brown should be allowed to perform. they are also stating that having refuges entering the country is not O.K and we don’t know their backgrounds.
But the thing I’ve found most troubling is the responses from people I know. On my Facebook feed there is is a person who’s mother was the victim of domestic violence and he is disappointed that Brown is not allowed into the country based on his past.
Although his mother was not beaten by Brown, is supporting an abuser justifiable? I believe not.
Domestic violence is not an issue that the poor, or women just face. What it is though is an inexcusable crime that should not be forgotten.