Domestic Violence

Acts of abuse are not exclusively violence related, but also engross; financial, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse.  While most people associate domestic violence with a physical act, the scope of the crime is much broader.  Family and domestic violence means any form of physical, sexual or psychological abuse, either by force or threats, which takes place within an emotional relationship.  Domestic violence is considered to be behaviour which results in physical, sexual and/or psychological damage, forced isolation, economic deprivation, or other behaviour which causes the victim to live in fear (Domestic Violence and the Law 3rd ed.).

Last night, the Australian Rugby League (ARL) suspended two players after they were both found guilty of causing harm to their female partners. ( ). In a statement released today 12th April 2012, David Gallop (ARL Chief Executive) commented that this sent a clear message that Domestic violence will not be tolerated.

This blog is not simply to commend the actions of the ARL, but to highlight the prevalence of domestic violence through all facets of Australian society.  Helen Lawrence (Senior Solicitor) Midland Information, Debt & Legal Advocacy Service Inc (MIDLAS) believes; “These high profile cases assist in educating the community that this behaviour will not be tolerated and that serious consequences flow from criminal behaviour.”

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