NO AMOUNT of legislation, no matter how sincere, will stop relationship violence.
"Domestic violence" is a euphemism for "criminal assault". The courts are out of touch with reality.
Police hands are tied when it comes to bail and AVOs.
Magistrates hand out probation and bail to some who should be locked up for good! This applies to rapists and violent offenders with lengthy records of abuse and crimes, acting with impunity.
The power struggle in relationships between men and women is played out in every institution in our society.
Women and children are vulnerable, as far as physical strength goes, especially behind closed doors.
Like child abuse, often hidden from prying eyes, women who are abused do not always report out of fear.
The onus of proof in a lengthy legal process lies with the vulnerable. Were it a stranger who abused, it would be a criminal offence.
The courts are hesitant to incarcerate partners whose families rely on them. One exception would be the recent Bradford case. Teresa was at high risk of her husband's re-offending; yet he was set free to kill.
The magistrate who released him needs to learn the lesson about the abuse of power and control in close relationships.
Our male-dominated society must tackle this scourge pro-actively; not just with words on paper. It comes at enormous cost to our society, both human and economic.