Coffs Harbour’s domestic violence rates rose 13.3% from 2013 to 2014.
Coffs Harbour’s domestic violence rates rose 13.3% from 2013 to 2014.

Editorial - Saturday, May 16: Issue for a silent majority

DOMESTIC violence - that age-old, unspoken, awkward issue still faces the same 'behind closed doors' dilemma as its victims.

A weight of signatures supporting The Coffs Coast Advocate's Terror at Home campaign will be sent to Mid North Coast Greens MP Dr Mehreen Faruqi to show this community stands against domestic and family violence.

Over a month, 2,450 readers signed the petition calling for greater education in schools and moves towards a specialised domestic violence court.

Coffs Harbour's own DV rates are alarming, having risen by 13.3% over 12-months from 441 cases in 2013 to 500 last year.

Dr Faruqi, a passionate campaigner against family and domestic violence, took to the floors of State Parliament this week to table her concern, standing to remember the 34 women who have lost their lives due to family or domestic violence in Australia this year.

In a week where every politician had an opinion on the Federal Budget, arguably the nation's greatest unresolved crisis, went on the public record in Macquarie St virtually unnoticed by many state parliamentarians.

If leaders can't effect change the community must.

Matt Deans,
Editor



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