“Domestic violence utterly unacceptable: PM” – SBS News

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull insists domestic violence is very much on his government’s radar as it attempts to overturn “firmly entrenched” victim blaming.

Releasing new research to coincide with White Ribbon Day, Mr Turnbull said the death of 78 women so far this year was “utterly unacceptable”.

Despite increasing community support to end domestic violence the report, by market research group TNS, found Australians are taught from childhood to understate the severity of family violence.

Young men were taught to blame others for violence, while young women internalised the experience by blaming themselves.

The research reminds Australians of the need for cultural change, Mr Turnbull said, adding the issue was at the front of the agenda of social issues the government was grappling with.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter described the findings, which will be used to develop a $30 million national campaign due to begin early in 2016, as “eye-opening”.

The former crown prosecutor said they revealed a “passive-dismissive” attitude towards violence…


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