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We are in a state of domestic war.
by Avindi Perera
September 9, 2015

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Did you know?

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Most often by someone she knows.

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Throughout the years, progress has been made in Sri Lanka to address violence in the domestic sphere.

The implementation of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act 2005 was recognized as a ‘major milestone’ as it now recognizes domestic violence as a punishable crime.

4Yet, despite the progress that has been made in terms of legalities, many cases go unreported because victims of violence often choose to remain silent.

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Why?

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But they choose to turn a blind eye.

We still disregard domestic violence as a ‘private matter.’ We are all guilty of saying it is ‘not our concern.’

But is it really not? Let’s reverse the roles here, what if it was you? What if you were constantly being beaten and abused by a parent, spouse or a relative? What if you constantly lived in fear? What if when you reached out to a friend and they turn a blind eye?

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Majority of victims don’t expect support from the men or women around them. Because divorce is seen as ‘taboo’ and unacceptable by society.

It is time we rethink our judgments. Every man, every woman and every child deserves to live in an environment free of abuse and violence.

Instead of perpetuating a culture of violence, let’s be responsible for our actions and strive to be better, for our family, for our children.

As Mother Theresa once said, “Peace and war begin at home. If we truly want peace in the world, let us begin by loving one another in our own families.”

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