There is hope and help for DV vic­tims

Warwick Daily News - - OPINION -

THE cases of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence heard in our court the past cou­ple of days are ab­hor­rent.

In one in­stance, a man shoved his hand so far down his part­ner’s throat, she coughed up blood.

In an­other, a woman had a knife held to her throat while be­ing asked if she wanted to be killed.

And a third was stran­gled so vi­o­lently she lost con­scious­ness.

The con­duct ex­hib­ited by th­ese in­di­vid­u­als is de­plorable, re­pul­sive and com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.

What it is not, though, is un­usual or shock­ing.

The shock fac­tor has worn off for an is­sue that is now such an in­sid­i­ous and preva­lent prob­lem in our so­ci­ety.

A spike in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases be­fore the re­gion’s courts this year is con­cern­ing.

Though it is hoped, some of the spike is be­hind vic­tims be­ing em­pow­ered to speak up and put an end to the abuse by which they have been tor­tured.

Mak­ing the de­ci­sion to ask for help can be hard. Tak­ing the steps to leave your abuser can seem im­pos­si­ble when you are told you are alone. Told you are worth­less. Told you are noth­ing.

But you’re none of those things. There is hope and there is help.

And there is brighter fu­ture out there for women who no longer want to live in fear of some­one who is meant to love them. Find the per­son who can help you get out safely and find free­dom from the pain.

Kerri Moore

Edi­tor If you need help, phone DV Con­nect on 1800 811 811.

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