There is hope and help for DV victims
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.
Editor If you need help, phone DV Connect on 1800 811 811.