After reading a blog post about relationship red flags on Addys Opinion, I am prompted to write on an issue which just caught my attention. A Daily Mail article about a concerned father, Michael Brown, addressing the need for the police to inform women and girls if they are dating a real monster not just highlights the tragedy of Clare Wood but also touches on the issue of domestic violence against women. To Michael Brown and his family, I wish you my sincerest condolences over your tragic loss and no woman or girl should ever go through what Clare did in the hands of George Appleton.
For the past month, Clare’s Law has been on the British headlines where The Telegraph and The Daily Mail reported on 16 July 2011 about the government’s consideration of making it not just law but also see to that women and girls be informed by the police about their partners’ history of violence, including domestic and dating violence. However, as a blogger, I believe a piece of legislation is just truly not enough to combat domestic or dating violence against women and girls.
We need to not only talk to girls and women about the issue of domestic violence but also through education. I am a believer in teaching girls at school about domestic and dating violence through the classroom as well as in anti-bullying and anti-violence campaigns. They need to learn that being hit, controlled or belittled is not just unacceptable and also it is not part of a loving and normal relationship. Boys need to be taught from young to be respectable to their female counterparts as well as understanding that men who hit their wives or girlfriends are real cowards. They need to understand that it is not normal to hit, pressure or belittle a woman. Never. As for the police, I believe the police do need to act quickly and be more proactive in helping women who are coming forward and needing protection from violent husbands and boyfriends.
What says you about Clare’s Law? Do you agree or disagree that Clare’s Law will make a difference in tackling domestic violence against women? Do you believe more needs to be done to address the issue of domestic violence against women rather than totally rely on a law? Opinions are welcomed.