Jail time is key to prob­lem

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Matthew McIn­er­ney matthew.mcin­er­ney@apn.com.au

IT IS 2014 and men are tak­ing a pledge or an oath to stop do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and it frus­trates the hell out of me.

Not the part about stop­ping do­mes­tic vi­o­lence – I have no time or pa­tience for peo­ple who en­gage in such ac­tiv­i­ties – but the fact peo­ple have to take an oath as­tounds me. It should be a common sense thing.

I get the sym­bol­ism of the ges­ture, I get the mes­sage they are putting across and I think it’s fan­tas­tic that so many men have par­tic­i­pated.

But in my eyes, they’re preach­ing to the con­verted.

The only thing that will re­duce rates are heavy sen­tences to of­fend­ers.

The fo­cus has and should be on en­cour­ag­ing vic­tims to seek help, but com­mu­ni­ties need to come to­gether to stop it be­fore it hap­pens.

I be­lieve heavy pun­ish­ments are the great­est de­ter­rent to crime: if you could go on a hol­i­day to a cell as a re­sult of your ac­tions, you are less likely to do it.

If you have con­cerns about a friend, fam­ily or fel­low com­mu­nity mem­ber, speak up or re­port it.

Fin­gers crossed so­ci­ety can come to­gether and help put an end to it.

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