Ignorance is holding us back: Rosie Batty on sentencing for domestic violence offenders - Rosie Batty for the Sydney Morning Herald

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"If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone," Rosie Batty told Q&A.

"If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone," Rosie Batty told Q&A. Photo: Thom Rigney
 
Victims will not be surprised to hear that domestic violence offenders are being treated more leniently than other offenders.
 
This has long been a feeling they have held and this important study now proves it.
 
It is proof that domestic violence isn't seen as a serious crime. It is proof that it is overlooked and it is misunderstood.
 
Violence towards a woman by an intimate partner or a member of their family has to taken equally as seriously as if the act was done by someone randomly on the street.
 
And as we advocate to change decades of ignorance towards family violence we do so with a court system that is full of magistrates and judges who hold the same ignorant prejudices.
 

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