EDITORIAL: Door kicked open on our shame

Northern Star editor David Kirkpatrick
Northern Star editor David Kirkpatrick

THE ABC's ground- breaking program Hitting Home is must-watch television for all members of your household.

Reporter Sarah Ferguson was given unprecedented access to victims of domestic violence and those dealing with its impacts including our police, courts and counselling services.

Educational tool

If it is not the catalyst for change in and of itself then it has got to be rolled out as an educational tool.

You couldn't watch the two-part program or the special Q&A session or last night's segment focused on men without it having some sort of impact.

One of the most damning statistics, apart from the number of deaths from domestic violence this year, was the sheer scale of the problem.

70,000 AVOs issued

It was reported there are 70,000 people on apprehended violence orders in this country.

That is a staggering number of people and it crosses all borders, ages and demographics.

I'm not proposing any magic solutions to this enormous issue in this column, nor were there many offered in Hitting Home.

But the program was an important first step in talking about what is a national shame.

National shame

It's shameful it has taken so long to begin to be honest about what is happening behind closed doors in this country.

Now that we have kicked open the door, there is no turning back.

There needs to be a continuous national dialogue and for leaders in this field to come up with a best practice model for dealing with this insidious problem.

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