When Violence Is Hard To Talk About

If the headlines and intensity of calls to talkback radio were your only guide, you could be forgiven for thinking that the ‘coward’s punch’ — random, unprovoked king hits by drunken louts — are killing our young men in alarming numbers.

The problem has become so dire that the Prime Minister was given a front-page editorial in the second largest paper in the country captioned ‘PM speaks out as father of three daughters.’

While the senseless violence is horrible and tragic, it is also, thankfully, comparatively rare.

Far more common, yet attaining much less sustained media attention is the violence against women. According to research compiled by the White Ribbon campaign, drawing on Australian Institute of Criminology research, more than one woman per week is killed by a current or former partner in Australia.

And I’m sure I’m not the first to wonder why a father of three daughters hasn’t been equally vocal about these crimes against women.

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