Leanne Liddle speech about family and domestic violence for Ochre Ribbon Week
Director of the Aboriginal Justice Unit Leanne Liddle explained the depth of shame and silence about family and domestic violence in Aboriginal communities in a speech for Ochre Ribbon Week.
Ms Liddle says some people have suggested that traditional culture is a factor causing the high levels of family and domestic violence, and that has certainly been argued as a defence in NT courts. But she says she has little sympathy for such excuses. She spoke of an honourable man from Ramingining, who said:
“When I give you my daughter in marriage, I didn’t give you my daughter for you to assault, for you to control, for you to hurt. No. I gave her to you to make her happy, and to keep her happy.”
Leanne says this is the story that we need to tell others. And for those who think that alcohol and drugs are a valid excuse reducing your personal responsibility, Leanne says alcohol and marijuana have never been part of Aboriginal culture.