Communities must stand up against any act of violence against women
and Churches must take a leading role in protecting victims and
exposing violent men.
This is the message from the Prime Minster Peter ONeill to
community and church leaders, as well as male family members who he
said have a natural responsibility to protect their mothers,
daughters and sisters.
A man is a coward if he thinks it is okay to hit a woman, these
abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than
they are, but they hit a woman who is smaller, the Prime Minister
We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women, but no
Government in any country can stop violence against women without
the active support of communities.
There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against
women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather
than supporting perpetrators.
Community leaders are not truly leaders if they turn a blind eye to
violence against women.
Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic
violence is totally unacceptable. Any community or Church leader
who turns a blind eye to even a single case of violence against
women has let their people down, and has abandoned the Christian
principles our nation holds dear.
The Prime Minister further called on the men in families to take a
stand against any violence they see.
I also appeal to the sons of our nation, if your father beats your
mother you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your
Your mother gave you life, now you must protect her life and show
gratitude for her commitment to you.
The same goes for all the men in families, to brothers, uncles, and
other male family members, do not turn a blind eye.
He said the National Government will increase public awareness
aimed at preventing domestic violence. This will be undertaken
alongside the commitment of increased resources for police and
courts to deal with violent men, as well as increased support for
the victims of violence.