OPINION: Domestic violence is a depressing part of job

PART of the NewsMail Sunday reporter's job is to keep in regular touch with police during the day in case anything newsworthy is happening.

It's hard not to get cynical after years in the job, but that can also be a depressing experience.

And that's because almost every day the police will mention that they've been dealing with domestic violence cases.

I know it's not always men assaulting women, but in the overwhelming majority it is.

There are women out there in Bundaberg who are living in absolute terror of their former partners.

And it doesn't matter how many campaigns are run by the State Government or in the media, they often seem to have little effect.

It's hard to see what the men are getting out of it.

Proving that they're bigger and stronger than their women?

In many cases that doesn't need proving.

Wouldn't it be nice to go through a whole weekend when the police have not had to respond to one DV callout?

I can't see that ever happening.


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