Remembrance Day. Stopping today for the past, present and future.

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Each year since 1918, the 11th day of the 11 month, traditionally marks of the end of World War 1, the year, date and time guns fell silent after four years of fighting and killing where 35 million + casualties died or were injured. In commemoration of the end of World War 1 this day was originally called Armistice Day, a day now commonly referred to around the world as Remembrance Day.

Each year since 1918 on the 11th of the 11th countries including Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada, France and Belgium remember those that fought in War. We thank and even glorify the men and women who went to war whilst acknowledging those who ‘risked their lives’ to fight for their country, only to never to return home. On this day, we talk about bravery, about strength, about courage. We build big structures to signify war, to really cement it in stone, quite literally what took place all those years ago and continues to take place today. Continue reading

A poke in the guts or a tender touch. Understanding and responding to Domestic Violence today.

I was talking to a teacher this week about a forum I went to recently discussing domestic violence. The evening was called Domestic Violence ‘Finding a solution.’ I mentioned that the guest speakers included a representative of the Police Family Violence Unit and the Director of Trauma and Australian Psychological Society. I shared that the Police Officer was talking about the steep increase in domestic violence reports, doubling in a year from around 600 reported cases to 1200 in Melbourne’s Monash area alone. (That is huge and alarming to say the least.) The teacher asked why is that, is it because more people are speaking up?

This is an interesting question, as I often hear many people ask the same question when referring to rising statistics of illness and disease around the world commenting: ‘Yeah but isn’t that just because more cases are being recorded,’ ‘isn’t that just because the population is growing?’

When I looked up the recent statistics on current cancer diagnosis and the mortality rate listed on the Australian Cancer Council website I instantly found the below statistics.  Continue reading