Sounds like a great plan, but he went on to say that domestic violence was not a women’s issue, but a men’s issue, a national issue.
It’s good that Bill Shorten wants to tackle domestic violence. With a bit of luck that might mean that he might start a national conversation about domestic violence where men aren’t the aggressors.
Domestic violence in married couples where women abuse their male partner.
Domestic violence in lesbian couples where women abuse their partner.
Domestic violence in any situation where children are abused.
OK, the last topic is something that gets at least a modicum of coverage, but it’s time to stop acting as if only men perpetrate domestic violence. There’s no doubt that a lot of reported domestic violence does originate with men as the aggressors, but pretending that’s the only form of domestic violence is stupid, and it belittles the real problem – the societal problem. (By making it a “men, not women” disussion, it also masks another problem – where men are the victims as well, in gay couple scenarios.) Bill Shorten threw in “a national issue” at the end, but listening to his press conference, his emphasis was on it being a men’s issue.
Rubbish. It’s a genderless issue.
Domestic violence against women is disgusting. Domestic violence against children is disgusting. And domestic violence against men is disgusting too.
Society and politicians should stop pretending it’s a one way street – regardless of the number of lanes in either direction, so that all victims can find support when they need it.
Let’s hope whomever takes control of the ALP learns that simple lesson.