The definition of domestic violence has been changed to include:
2. Repeated verbal abuse.
3. Intentionally damaging or destroying property. (Similar to what happened in Grant Hackett’s family home).
4. Preventing someone having contact with friends or family.
5. Cruelty to the family pet
The Family Law Act has been changed to also ask whether children have been exposed to domestic violence. This would apply if a child ‘sees or hears … or otherwise experiences the effects of family violence’.
Comedian and writer Catherine Deveny takes up the case against the critics of the changes. She writes:
“Nicola Roxon and all involved are today’s heroes after this magnificent triumph for victims of domestic violence.
This incredible justice has been met with tantrums from some, who I can only assume are abusers or sympathetic to abusers because they conveniently prop up many of their beliefs and prejudices. These people assert changes in the law will lead to an ‘avalanche’ of false claims by vindictive partners and that there are ‘millions’ of false rape and abuse claims. By women.
Shouldn’t these thug apologists who all seem to believe men are the hidden majority of domestic violence victims be thrilled by this news? Why are they not ecstatic more women will be punished and justice be done for this disproportionate amount of silent male victims?
1. Over 75% of domestic violence cases go unreported.
2. Now we’ve added emotional, verbal, social and financial abuse to the definition of domestic violence the percentage of unreported and reported cases will increase significantly.