Posted by: Chasy | 23/09/2009

Domestic violence

There are a few domestic violence articles I want to comment on, and they are currently trying to crash my browser as I have so many tabs open, so I better write about them now.

The Service Employees International Union posted a blog highlighting the horrendous discrimination being used against domestic violence victims by labelling their injuries as a pre-existing condition. As Ryan Grimm said at The Huffington Post:

Under the cold logic of the insurance industry, it makes perfect sense: If you are in a marriage with someone who has beaten you in the past, you’re more likely to get beaten again than the average person and are therefore more expensive to insure.

In human terms, it’s a second punishment for a victim of domestic violence.

Indeed. Dealing with domestic violence is horrific on it’s own. Being denied medical treatment because you don’t have the insurance is tantamount to torture. Having a corporation ensure that the victim blaming already going on in the relationship is set in stone by a contract, is beyond belief.

Thankfully, in Australia we do not (yet) have such a ridiculous medical system, but we have been rather lax in addressing domestic violence and trying to stop it. The Howard Government gave it a half-arsed go, but there didn’t seem to be any follow up education programs or support networks.

Today, Tania Plibersek launched a report into domestic violence. While the issues that they are tackling seem to have come hot off the desk of Captain Obvious, it’s good to see that it hasn’t slipped under the radar and is still being addressed.

I hope to see better education programs, and far more intervention and victim support to come from this.


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