Vi­o­lent trend linked to video

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS -

MOST car­ing men would fully sup­port your cor­re­spon­dents’ views (Let­ters, Oct 10) on the shock­ing rise in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence to­wards women.

This abom­i­na­tion re­quires ur­gent and un­prece­dented ac­tion by gov­ern­ments over and above the previous fed­eral and state in­quiries that con­firmed the prob­lem but pro­duced no prac­ti­cal out­come.

The ques­tion as to whether over-ex­po­sure to vi­o­lent me­dia im­agery has been a source of ag­gres­sive at­ti­tudes, val­ues and be­hav­iours has long been an­swered in the af­fir­ma­tive by var­i­ous pro­fes­sional stud­ies, yet any ac­tion by gov­ern­ments to limit over-ex­po­sure of this of­fend­ing ma­te­rial has not been forth­com­ing.

Stud­ies also re­veal there is broad agree­ment that vi­o­lent video games in­crease ag­gres­sion in chil­dren.

Gov­ern­ments can­not con­tinue to sweep the reper­cus­sions that re­sult from over-ex­po­sure of vi­o­lent me­dia un­der the car­pet.

The Gov­ern­ment should leg­is­late that vi­o­lent movies are not shown be­fore 10pm, with ap­pro­pri­ate penal­ties for non-com­pli­ance.

The rem­edy for the over-ex­po­sure to vi­o­lent video games that cause ag­gres­sion and bad be­hav­iour in chil­dren lies in the hands of par­ents, but warn­ings from ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions would help.

It would dras­ti­cally re­duce do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and help make a safer so­ci­ety for women. Ray­mond W. Clarke, Zillmere

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