The tired 'get tough' rhetoric of politicians is not a solution because violence is not 'caused' by our current sentencing structure.Indeed, the 'get tough' approach is counter-productive when money to build prisons comes from cuts in crime prevention funds, community services and education - kind of like mopping the floor while the tub overflows.Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time.
Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence grow up in an environment that is unpredictable, filled with tension and anxiety and dominated by fear.
Children also may be used and manipulated by the abuser to hurt their mother.
A report undertaken by the Queensland Domestic Violence Taskforce 1988 stated that 90 per cent of children present in violent homes had witnessed the violence perpetrated against their mother.
The underlying belief of Stop Violence is that punishment after a crime is not effective crime prevention; a safe and peaceful society requires justice, not overdoses of prison, chain gangs and executions.
Rather than wage wars on crime and drugs, society needs to explore solutions that contribute to social justice and promote a just peace.