Okay so it's been a long time since I wrote anything on this blog, but I want to say, I've been so busy living my life since my pain was reduced that I've been running out of time! I've been studying my Masters, working, we adopted a third cat, one cat needs surgery, I need surgery, and I'm trying to find out about my Aboriginal heritage. Needless to say, busy busy. On to the reason I'm writing tonight though:
On Tuesday night I had the privilege of seeing this documentary and panel that Oxfam hosted. My partner had the privilege of being dragged along with me.
And boy oh boy did we hear stories. I laughed at some of the humour, but mostly I had my heart broken. I tried not to cry, at least, not too obviously. I also felt like if I started sobbing, I wouldn't be able to stop. We heard stories and songs about alcohol abuse, FDV, hope, community, being punished by two sets of laws. I really recommend getting to a screening if you can (there are upcoming ones in Sydney and Melbourne). I think most people at the end of the movie were asking what they could do. Sure, there's this problem and it's huge and it seems like it's almost too big and complex to untangle, but what are we going to do? Surely there is something we can do?
This knot of a problem was tackled after the film by Uncle Sam Watson and Barrister Joshua Creamer. They were guided through this panel discussion by Olivia from Oxfam (I didn't catch the rest of her name as I was hastily trying to tap everything into my phone). Some key topics/points from the discussion I have listed below for those interested (heavily paraphrased and written here more as a way to spark ideas/discussion):
On the subject of being 'punished twice'
And, because I'm a book nerd, here are some books that you should check out. I haven't read all of them yet (I have over 300 books on my 'to read' list) but they look great and I do own a couple of them already to read soon :).
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