Is Nigella Lawson the new face of domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a crime – and a dangerous one. Yet too often it remains hidden or ignored.
After disturbing photographs surfaced recently of celebrity chef and self-proclaimed ‘domestic goddess’ Nigella Lawson, partner violence has been brought to the forefront of our daily conversations worldwide. UK charity Refuge reported a surge of calls from women after the very public scene. Many had been afraid to talk about their own experiences before.
But was the media’s response in making Nigella the poster-girl for domestic violence correct or even fair? And how much do the media help or hinder the progress being made in the community on this issue?
Heather Nancarrow, Director, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, CQU Mackay, joins the program to discuss the issue: