VISIT AWAK­ENS A BAD MEM­ORY

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

MY boyfriend and I were wo­ken up late last Tues­day night by po­lice knock­ing at our front door. One of our neigh­bours called them af­ter they heard a woman scream­ing from our house. “Are you all right?” one of the of­fi­cers asked me. “You don’t look like you’ve been beaten up.” I had not been abused and we told the po­lice that if there was scream­ing, it had not come from our house, but it did make me think about some­thing I wit­nessed as a child. Years of emo­tional and ver­bal abuse turned phys­i­cal as I saw a grown man punch his mother in the face. She was left with a swollen, bruised eye that she had to lie about to her col­leagues for fear of be­ing judged. I would like to think we have come some way in our ap­proach to do­mes­tic violence since then, but I am still as­tounded that over­whelm­ingly this violence is per­pe­trated by men who think they have the right to do what­ever they want to women’s bod­ies. That one of my neigh­bours would in­ter­vene when they heard a woman scream­ing, sug­gests that peo­ple are fi­nally tak­ing do­mes­tic violence se­ri­ously.

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