Heading in the right direction for DV victims: OPINION

YOU'D have to agree that providing specific domestic violence leave for workers if they need it is a step in the right direction.

So are specialist courts dealing with domestic violence cases only, early intervention programs for men who are the main perpetrators of domestic violence and also more training for front line workers in this area such as police, emergency services and counsellors.

There seems to be money flowing into this sector at last from governments and a general willingness to air this dirty laundry in public, including the media.

Rosie Batty's tenure as Australian of the Year in 2015 did a lot to shift the momentum on this issue.

You will remember that Batty's son was bashed to death by his father while at cricket training in 2014.

So giving women access to three days of domestic violence leave would be a huge help for women during such a vulnerable time where they may be fleeing an abusive relationship.

If, as the comment piece printed above alludes, the problem is much worse in regional areas than the city, then all the more reason to encourage these programs to be rolled out ASAP.

I'm sure the money or roll-out of measures is slower, or lower, than needed, but it is a start.

As an issue it needs to be addressed as a national emergency.

Just like we try to find ways to stop the death toll on our roads, we must halt the horrific number of women each week who are bashed or killed by their partners.

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