I’ve Missed You

May 22, 2015

Domestic violence, which is also known as intimate partner violence, is a form of violence that can occur within any relationship. There are many different types of domestic violence, including social, physical and emotional.

I’m sorry to say I’ve known some brilliant women who have been victims of violent & abusive men.  Thankfully their stories have had happy endings, but not all cases end this way.  The statistics of these crimes are devastating & the results even more so.

The Project’s Waleed Aly made a passionate case against Domestic Violence last week.  (You can read a great article about Waleed’s speech here.)

Waleed got me fired up.  I hope he got lots of us fired up.  Particularly our politicians.

I’m not going to drown you in statistics.  But these are the big ones.

~  The Australian Government allocated $30 million for Domestic Violence services in the recent Budget.

~  In comparison they allocated $1.2 million to counter Terrorism.

~  One in three women experience physical violence in a relationship.

~  Almost one Australian woman is killed by Domestic Violence every week.

~  These numbers are on the rise.

More funding is desperately needed.  It’s needed for counselling, help lines, shelters & community legal services to help both the abused & the abusers.

It’s a complicated issue that needs far more attention than it attracts.

I have a friend.  A special friend who sometimes knows me better than I know myself.

She fell in love with the wrong man.  I watched her grow small, I watched her broken,
her creativeness stifled, her self esteem shredded.  I saw her fall.

I saw her bare beautiful children.  I saw her fight, I saw her crawl.

Tonight I saw her glow.  I saw her smile. I saw her breathe.  I saw her design.  Her life.

I wanted to put my arm around her.  I wanted to pull her close, whisper in her ear, I see you.
I wanted to tell her, how much I’d missed the sound of her voice.  How much I’d missed her positivity, her joy, her wit.  How much I’d missed her.  Her laugh, her ease.

But I’m not sure she knew that I’d ever noticed she was gone.
Maybe she never noticed that she was gone at all.

But I’m so very glad she’s back.  Welcome back my friend.  It is a joy to see you again.
Live large.  You deserve it all & so very much more.

Keep going.

If you (or someone you know) is suffering from Domestic Violence, it is important to ensure you are safe.  There are organisations that can help you if friends & family cannot.Lifeline 13 11 14National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 1800 737 732

White Ribbon – Australia’s Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women

Where do you stand on this issue?  I’d love to hear your thoughts & experiences on this.

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