There Is No Excuse For Domestic Abuse - Harsher Laws!
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To the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, the Hon Yvette D'Ath Attorney-General - to any magistrates, politicians reading this that have ever dismissed domestic violence as minor offence.
Your honour with all due respect,
You weren't there for every argument.
Every time he put their hands around her throat.
Everytime they had you pushed up against a wall with a knife.
Everytime you were too scared to walk into your own home not knowing what mood they were in.
Your honour, you have little idea of the physical, or how good we were at hiding it - but the mental and emotional I assure you, is much harder to live with - and will forever be etched into our brains. You can't forget it, you can only learn to live with it.
Rebuilding trust, and some form of a life is hard - which should make your job easy. When someone assaults another within a relationship no less - one person is taking advantage of another's heart, that's the weakness. To hope they will change, get better, calm down - because they say they love you surely it's true?
You have no idea what goes through the head of someone in that situation, so don't try to pretend you do - instead put legislation in place to protect victims, show the offenders there are consequences for their actions, and severe ones at that.
If it was your daughter, son, mother, father, any part of your family - how would you respond?
Australia needs a massive wake up call. You wonder why people like Tara Brown was killed in a DV relationship? You wonder why people like Tara Brown were killed in a DV relationship? How many more deaths will it take? How many more children will lose their parents? Siblings? Teresa Bradford thought the system would protect her when she had her husband charged with assaulting and choking her. Then he was granted bail and given the opportunity to take her life. She should have been safe. She wasn’t.
Jessy Jess recently has gone through a traumatising ordeal when her ex partner belted her, put his hands around her throat (a red flag for homicidal attempts) taunted and emotionally abused her - she takes it to court, presses charges against someone so intimidating to the average person and he walks from court with a suspended sentence because "he seemed of good character" - in a court room he probably seemed like an angel because he was being reprimanded for commiting a violent act on his partner at the time...behind closed doors? Would not care - he got away with it, that's all he wanted - that's why he showed remorse in your courtroom as he winked and smiled at the press.
My ex partner almost ended my life, physically, emotionally and mentally and the magistrate gave him 2.5 years suspended sentence...he then went and assaulted his new girlfriend 3 days after court for my assault and got only 9 months prison for assaulting her. He also has countless DVOs on him from all ex girlfriends and previous assault charges.
The police do everything they can, they saved my life with there perseverance and persistence and support - they fill out days of endless paperwork and document every incident and make sure the arrest is handled and the DVOs are in place and affective yet when it comes to court, because the offender seems "remorseful and of good character" it's ok to let them walk free and not feel the gravity of the situation? This is what causes reoffending.
Once again, if it was your family - what would you do?
Let's put laws in place with the respective consequences to domestic violence - open communication so the victims are protected and so if the offender is incarcerated then the first victim can know when the offender will be released so that they have all security in place In case the offender attempts to reoffend. With all due respect - a DVO is simply a piece of paper in the offenders eyes, it's perceived as this because it's how the courts treat it when dealing with these cases. I can say this because I've been there, I've seen it first hand. The offender shows remorse - because he or she got caught - because they don't want prison time so they sit there and plead and beg they won't do it again and learnt their lesson...yet re offend time and time again. And yet as the victim you sit there, losing a little more hope every day, waiting for that person to walk through your door and just end your life because nothing more can be done. It took over 12 months for my ex to be prosecuted, 12 months of him breaching his DVO, trying to still control me, threaten to kill me, destroy me - it's no wonder people give up. But I'm asking you to re evaluate the process, the prosecutions and the outcomes. Keep. Your family safe. Only 30% of DV cases are reported so what's to say it's NOT your family being affected? Stand up and speak out, there is no excuse for domestic abuse! I'm calling the government and head magistrates of Australia to listen to us, to talk to us and do something and be proactive and take action!
- Yvette D’Ath MP
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