What happens when an abused woman fights back?

More women in Queensland are being imprisoned for breaching domestic violence orders, sometimes with serious assaults. But if a significant proportion are victims themselves, as experts say, where are things going so wrong?

Debbie Kilroy believes the problems need to be tackled even more radically, and earlier in the piece. For that reason, she said, Sisters Inside is advocating for “truly gendered” domestic violence legislation that requires police to assume “the male party is the perpetrator of violence, in the absence of overwhelming evidence to the contrary”.“It is important that we return to the original intent of domestic violence legislation,” Sisters Inside recently told the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism, “that is, to primarily protect women and children”.

Source: What happens when an abused woman fights back? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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