How are you all doing this week? I know I have been posting about less than upbeat topics lately, and I promise some more fun will come back to the ol blog, but this issue is really important and I had to post about.
In Australia, today, November 25th is White Ribbon Day. It is a day to raise awareness and get men involved in stopping violence against women. Men are encouraged to swear against participating in or tolerating violence towards women.
Violence against women is a real thing and a really common thing. It transcends all socioeconomic backgrounds, it affects women from all walks of life. In Australia, one woman a week is killed by her partner through a domestic violence situation. One in three women have been involved in an abusive relationship at some stage during their lives.
When people think domestic violence they usually think of the physical abuse, which certainly is violence. But it isn’t isolated to that and it doesn’t necessarily start or stop there. Domestic violence can include economic, social, spiritual and emotional abuse.
Domestic violence is generally about power and control. Within many family cultures the attitude that women are lesser than men in certain ways is entrenched.
What can you do about it?
If you see it or hear it happening, intervene, say something and don’t put up with it. (Obviously don’t put yourself at risk, call 000 if necessary).
Jokes, flippant remarks and negative comments are no joke. And reconfirm sexist attitudes that help justify abusive behaviour towards women. Tell the person making them it is unacceptable.
Treat women and men equally and with respect.
If you know someone in an abusive relationship, highlight your concerns and be there to listen and help if they want it. Sometimes women don’t even realise how bad the situation is when they are immersed in it.
If you think you may be in an abusive relationship seek help immediately.
Thank you for reading today, change is possible and necessary.