A recent United Nations survey of violence against women found that 48% of Australian women experienced at least one incident of physical violence and 34% experienced at least one incident of sexual violence over their lifetime and that the economic cost of crimes against women to the Australian community in 2008 – 2009 was $13.6 billion.

The study also found that of the twelve counties surveyed Singapore had the lowest rate of lifetime violence.

Singapore’s history, character and political systems are very different from Australia’s with a general feeling of respect, especially towards women, unlike Melbourne’s overtly masculine culture.

In Victoria from 2011 – 2012 there was 50,382 reports to the police of domestic violence with 17,528 charges, of which over 80% of victims were female.

Australia, and Melbourne in particular, if it wants to maintain its status as one of the most liveable cities in the world, needs to acknowledge that there is a problem with violent crime and to look towards other countries, such as Singapore, to see how our escalating violent crime can be addressed.

For victims of crime support and advice call 1800 000 055 or go to www.victimsofcrime.com.au

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