By Lesley Gray
This morning Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull issued a plea for Australians to make a cultural change in the way they view domestic violence. In pledging more than $100 million to provide technology to help victims, the Prime Minister says he dreams of a time when Australia is known across the world as a place where women are respected.
“Disrespecting women doesn’t always result in violence. But violence against women always begins with disrespect” he said.
In addition to two women being killed every week by their partner, many women and children lead lives in fear and oppression. Some of these women and children are in Christian churches.
Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty added “How you model respect in your relationship” is vital in addressing domestic violence.
Jesus’ respectful treatment of women stood Him apart from His contemporary society. As Jesus’ disciples we too need to model respectful relationships and be alert to controlling and abusive relationships within our families and communities.
Just two years ago journalist Anne Summers wrote “The Misogyny Factor”. In this book Sumners explores our nation’s disrespect of women, a factor in the way our first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard was treated. [You can hear Anne Sumner’s give her talk The Misogyny Factor Ted talk here.]
Now at last a Prime Minister make, as the first major announcement: “he dreams of a time when Australia is known across the world as a place where women are respected”. In both challenging the nation and backing the challenge with funding Malcolm Turnbull heralds a hope for change.