OPINION: Domestic violence affects men too
DOMESTIC violence is not a "girls only" issue.
After attending a verbatim performance telling the stories of five real-life domestic violence victims on Tuesday night, I was disappointed to see when the house lights came on that out of an audience of about 50, only four or five men sat amongst the crowd.
Within that very small group of men were the Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell and a counsellor working for the mental health sector of Wide Bay Health.
While the stories told on stage of beatings, strangling and emotional abuse were both shocking and heart breaking, the fact that out of a region with a population of over 95,000, a group of men so small that I could count them on one hand showed an interest in the issue.
Given that one in four women have experienced physical or sexual violence from a former or current partner compared to 1 in 19 men who have been in the same situation, should it not also, if not more so, be a man's responsibility to see the impact of domestic violence?
As a society, acting like domestic violence is something that only affects women will not solve the problem.
There are male victims and there are many more male perpetrators.
Everyone- no matter your gender- should be joining the discussion about what domestic violence is and how horrific it can be.