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Speaking up about domestic violence
Next time you comment on domestic violence, check your flippancy at the door writes Jen Vuk in ‘The Age’ newspaper.
Vuk was commenting on singer/celebrity Brian McFadden’s recent tweet that women who “made excuses” and stayed with their abusive partners were just as pathetic as the guys. A long-term employee of the Salvation Army, Vuk felt compelled to speak up and to dispel the notion that women who stay with such men deserve everything they get.
Reminding readers that there are many complex reasons why the average women will try up to seven times to leave a situation of domestic violence and that domestic violence is the biggest contributor to women and children becoming homeless, Vuk debunked some of the common myths surrounding family violence.
Emerge applauds Jen Vuk’s article. Public figures like Brian McFadden have a lot of influence – he has 230,000 plus followers on Twitter – and need to be brought to account. Although he tweeted an apology the following day, it didn’t make up for his initial thoughtlessness. Celebrities and others in the media need to act as responsible role models.
Jen Vuk’s article is a sobering reminder of some of the realities about domestic violence. She paints a picture of an abused woman arriving at a refuge with her children and the few belongings she managed to grab before she fled her perpetrator, all the while worrying that he will come in pursuit of her or carry out his threat of harming the pet she had to leave behind.
Thanks, Jen, for an excellent article and for setting the record straight.