One Day…Every Day
One Day…Every Day
By the time this blog has been posted “on the line” (thank you Vince Vaughan) the 25th of November will have well and truly been gone.
Why is that day so important you ask? It’s White Ribbon Day, the National Day to stop Men’s Violence against Women.
You know, when I sit back and think about this I’m almost dumbfounded. We’re about to roll into 2016 and Domestic Violence amongst both women and men continues to be an issue. Let’s see, we’ve legalised gay marriage in some countries, equal pay for men and women is being championed by many, women are being considered (and are given) jobs which were only once reserved for men, and for God’s sake they have even legalised marijuana in 2 states in America.
Don’t get it twisted though, I’m not saying that this is an issue that can be eradicated overnight. This is going to be an ongoing struggle. However I’m just putting it out there that there should not be just ONE day where we recognise this plight. This should be something that should be given attention daily.
My fellow readers, I implore you, if not, I beg of you, to please be aware of this issue. For those of you who have been a victim, been a witness to, or know someone who has been involved in Domestic Violence, you know how difficult it is to have to go through this, to have to relive it, and sometimes even live in constant fear.
If you have been a victim of Domestic Violence just know that you have a voice and you do not have to live in fear. The first step is to tell someone, anyone, a friend, a colleague, a family member, anyone who you trust. The second step is apply for a Violence Restraining Order. I would be lying if I sat here and spouted that these are easy to obtain. You do have to show that:-
- an act of Domestic Violence has occurred; and
- there is a likelihood of Domestic Violence occurring in the future.
However, the act of applying can lead to other alternatives which can be as effective as a Restraining Order i.e. an Undertaking or a Restraining Order for say 6 months as opposed to 2 years.
We often say that Valentines Day shouldn’t be the only day where we should show our affection to the people we love, and that it should be every day. Well, I see no reason why it shouldn’t be White Ribbon Day…EVERY DAY.
To support this very worthwhile cause, click here https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/