Family violence statistics require immediate action

DOCTOR Kelsie Heggity’s claims on ABC radio (7/1) that “family violence is the leading cause of death in child bearing women”, and “domestic violence is now an epidemic in Victoria”, are claims that must be responded to urgently by state and federal governments and by communities as a whole.

The issues of domestic violence can no longer be swept under the carpet, because apart from the media comments by Dr Heggity, domestic violence must also be recognised as a major cause of mental health issues, especially amongst children.

Domestic violence is wide spread amongst indigenous and non-indigenous families nationally, and having been highlighted by Dr Heggity, domestic violence must now receive an urgent and collective response that addresses the underlying causes.

Sue Carlyon

Independent Pastoral Care, Kyneton

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