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Feminism Friday: Domestic Violence Prevention

Feminism Friday

This week has been a crazy week. The A to Z Challenge has begun with a bang and work has been just that extra bit hard. I am so glad it’s the long weekend! It’s interesting to note that the day I published my last Feminism Friday on needing a change, I read reports about the government finally deciding to reverse the funding cuts to DV services {No thanks to the Minister for Women}. It is a good start.

One piece of news that was really heartening in NSW was when Pru Goward was appointed as a Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence. It’s the first of this kind in Australia and while most people will probably think that it’s just because Mike Baird won the election last week and nothing more might be done about it, my thinking is that it’s at least a start. It’s the premier recognising that domestic violence is a legitimate problem and is trying to do something about it. After all, yet another woman was killed by her partner this week in Australia.

What can be done to tackle domestic violence? Apparently, there seems to be some new resources including identifying risk and keeping an eye out for red-flags to try and prevent DV related deaths. The Daily Life reported an interesting article on the same. We need something more than just AVOs or intervention orders because these are regularly breached with hardly any consequences.

Some interesting blogs I read this week on issues around women and feminism included Parul’s blog. I found hers through the A to Z challenge and her theme is women. Do check out her post on Acid Attacks — something that was very common in India but is not necessarily uncommon in other parts of the world. Another thing we need to remember is that feminism is about the equality of genders. A lot of focus is on women because in the end, it’s women who are disadvantaged. Sadly, there seems to be a group of men who are hell bent on saying ‘It’s not all men’. As feminists, we know it’s not all men. Statistically though, it’s more men who are violent towards women and more women who are dying at the hands of men. No one explains it better than Amy in her recent post.

What are your thoughts on the appointment of a Minister for the prevention of DV? Are you feeling positive or cynical about it?

Do share!

***Linking with Grace for FYBF***

Until next time,


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  • Parul
    3 April 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Hey S, Thank you for the mention. It does feel good πŸ™‚
    Loved reading your post about DV. It’s good to read what’s latest and I am aware that the stats show what brutality women go through.
    I am hoping you will guess why am I smiling. April 4, Letter D is tomorrow πŸ™‚
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  • Amy@Handbagmafia
    3 April 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Acid attacks are so cruel and callous and a near perfect embodiment of what happens when women are oppressed by a patriarchal system these days.
    I hope Pru Goward’s appointment is the start of positive change!
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  • Laurel Regan
    4 April 2015 at 3:35 am

    Great to hear some positive news in this area. As you say, it’s a good start.
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  • Bele @ BlahBlah
    5 April 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I agree, I think every bit helps and I don’t know if it’s my imagination, but deaths relating to DV seem to be reported more now on the radio, rather than brushed aside as some uncomfortable news no one wants to hear about x
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