Just like any other country in the world, Australia also experiences a great deal of domestic violence. Especially against women.
According to statistics, one out of three women in Australia either experiences or have a history of domestic violence. This usually includes physical violence.
Australia has long been recognized as one amazing country, but unfortunately, each and every country in the world has its own set of things and even this country is not an exception to the rule. Although recognized as a country with the lowest crime rates, with a disturbing statistic like that, violence laws and domestic laws are more important than ever before. These laws were established to prohibit and prevent violence within families and their homes.
Understanding Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a term that is known and used around the world and is one such that many tend to avoid. It is not a subject considered to be pleasant and is often swept under the rug. In a broader sense, it refers to an individual, which could be either a woman, man or child, that is treated in a wrong way. This includes the presence of violence and any other type of behaviour contributing to violence such as trying to control others, as well as having a dominating approach towards others.
Above all else, physical violence is the most common sign that someone is being subjected to domestic violence. It takes many different forms. These include sexual abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse, stalking, cruelty towards pets, isolating an individual geographically or socially, emotional and psychological abuse and stalking.
Although these violations are often hidden by those who are experiencing it as they might be living in fear, the Australian jurisdictions have several specific laws that are aimed to curb these types of violence. The law also supports the principles in the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, as well as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children.
Child Abuse in Australia – A Solution
According to Section 67ZA (2) of the Family Law Act 1975, there has been a notification established that any children experiencing abuse or are suspected to be abused in their home, whether it’s by their parents or caretakers, should be reported. This law also remains relevant if one suspects that a child is at risk of being abused.
Such an allegation or any similar allegations should be reported to a legal professional which includes registrars, a deputy registrar of a registry or a family court in Australia, family consultants, family counsellors, arbitrators, independent lawyers.
Other than that, beyond federal legislation, Australian states and territories also require doctors, teachers, medical and mental health care professionals to report child abuse if there are any legal grounds of concern regarding a child.
Australia is a strong country and one that cares about its citizens. The legal professionals of this country will always strive to help and assist in any way they possibly can.