Dr Jackie Blue MP
National Party Women's Affairs Spokeswoman
31 July 2007
Anti-violence message needs back-up
National's Women's Affairs spokeswoman, Dr Jackie Blue, is offering qualified support to a proposal which will see all women arriving at hospital, screened for signs of violence.
"The Government must back up its anti-violence message by supporting community organisations working at the coal-face with women and children in violent situations.
"Violence screening in hospitals, along with a publicity campaign due to be launched in September, will inevitably increase public awareness and demand from those organisations on the ground.
"Independent, community-based groups working with their own people will always be in a better position to help, but the Government must play its part as well.
"This initiative is one way it can achieve that."
While welcoming the move, Dr Blue is also sounding a word of caution.
"It's great for women to have a safe environment in which they feel supported in talking about their experiences with violence, but it must not lead to an anti-male witch-hunt.
"It would be terribly wrong for all men to be labelled potential wife-bashers and child abusers."