Carrick Ryan

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Bettina Arndt’s Order of Australia is further questioned after allegations surface

Awarding Bettina Arndt the Order of Australia is a move beyond logic, empathy, and seemingly, without accreditation.

 

 

Bettina Arndt is using her platform given to her by her Australia Day honour to again attack Rosie Batty and others for allegedly focusing too much on male domestic violence (and not female offenders).

This is the stance that has won her the Order of Australia. It has since been uncovered that Arndt has apparently lied about her credentials, and is neither a doctor nor a clinical psychologist, despite her saying otherwise.

 

 

It’s sad to reflect on the fact that as one woman is murdered every week in Australia, we as a nation are heralding someone dedicated to downplaying and distracting from the emergency.

 

 

Every time I post anything about domestic violence, I receive a multitude of comments complaining “what about male victims!” as though daring to raise this issue is somehow done at the expense of another.

Any violence is bad. It’s really that simple.

But you want to know an awkward fact? According to ourwatch.org.au, 95% of all violence in Australia is perpetrated by a man. So guess what, I am going to spend a comparable percentage of my time talking about that kind of violence.

Now of course men are violent to other men, it happens a lot, and yes more men are murdered each year than women (overwhelmingly killed by other men). But this is significantly less likely to occur in a domestic relationship or as a culmination of long term emotional abuse.

It is simply another issue altogether. The causes of male on male violence are infinite and varied. Yet one woman is dying every week almost entirely due to one social issue…domestic violence.

 

Any steps we take to broadly address toxic elements of male behaviour that lead to domestic violence could only have a positive effect in diminishing the same toxic elements of male behaviour that lead to male on male violence.

 

But if you want a confluence between the two, let’s recognise the common denominator rather than the variables amongst the victims.

Violent men.

Yes, obviously not all men. (Of course, I would never hit a woman, I’m still waiting for my medal)

Any steps we take to broadly address toxic elements of male behaviour that lead to domestic violence could only have a positive effect in diminishing the same toxic elements of male behaviour that lead to male on male violence.

So next time people want to talk about domestic violence, remember you are fighting the same battle, we are all on the same team, we are combating violence perpetrated by men. This is not a competition. We are all victims.

 

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