Tomorrow, December 6, is the National Day or Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
I had a “conversation” with an individual over Twitter regarding an incident this weekend with an National Football League player murdering his girlfriend and then himself at the players facility. The guy was mocking the incident. He actually went as far as to say he was glad the player died. When I challenged him on his view, he did have some defenders.
The biggest tragedy amongst the many in this situation is there is a three month old girl that has lost her mother and her father.
A while back, a comment was made that I need to open up the door to discuss prevention in some issues. I did take that comment to heart, as it was from someone I respect.
This article http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-224-x/2010000/aftertoc-aprestdm2-eng.htm is from Statistics Canada. It sights percentages of reported cases of domestic violence. You will note some interesting things. This was one of them from the report.
Younger Canadians were more likely to report being a victim of spousal violence than were older Canadians. Those aged 25 to 34 years old were three times more likely than those aged 45 and older to state that they had been physically or sexually assaulted by their spouse.
n 2009, victims of spousal violence were less likely to report the incident to police than in 2004. Just under one-quarter (22%) of spousal violence victims stated that the incident came to the attention of the police, down slightly from 2004 (28%).
So it seems over time, there becomes a sense of silence for those that are victims of violence. Be it age, or in years.
So although not a comfortable topic, how or are we able to have a discussion surrounding these issues? Also, do you think that domestic violence is preventable?