Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Be Ashamed of Violence

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Be Ashamed of Violence

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Sherele Moody

APN Newsdesk

AUSTRALIA - You should be ashamed.

Ashamed that 17 women have died this year at the hands of the men they love.

Ashamed that your children are growing up in homes rife with violence.

Ashamed that some of you are not willing to intervene when men take their frustrations out on their families.

That's the no-holds-barred message from out-spoken anti-domestic violence advocate and federal senator, Barry O'Sullivan.

The Toowoomba politician delivered his blunt warning yesterday as APN Regional Media's Terror at Home campaign gained momentum across Queensland and New South Wales.

Mr O'Sullivan grew up in Rockhampton and joined the police in 1976.

He had a stellar career with the force, earning bravery, good conduct and long service medals and commendations before retiring in 1991.

Mr O'Sullivan was shocked by the harsh reality of family violence he saw while serving on the blue line.

His frustration boiled over as witnessing assaults on women and children became part of his daily routine.

"Many people don't think about it during their day because it's not within the scope of their lives," said the widowed father of four who entered the Federal Senate last year.

"Many of my colleagues haven't stood in the kitchen of the home of a battered wife and felt the frustration of wondering what one can do about it."

More than 27,000 domestic assaults were reported to NSW police last year and in 2013-14 Queensland police responded to 60,000 incidents.

Mr O'Sullivan said Australian governments needed to treat domestic violence in the same vein as threats against this country.

"The Senate, of which I'm a part, late last year approved an additional $1.5 billion in the fight against terrorism to protect our citizens," he said. …

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