There’s a local fish and chip shop in Queensland called “The Battered Wife,” and it’s causing quite a controversy on social media.
The business was recently called out on Facebook by anti-domestic violence campaigner Rach Mac for its lack of sensitivity towards victims of domestic violence.
In a post, which has since been deleted, Mac said she was “floored” by the shop’s name and gave the store a one-star review, encouraging her followers to do the same.
The Battered Wife Facebook page has since been inundated with reviews such as:
Others have also linked to a recent government report on family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia.
Despite the recent flurry in activity on the page, the negative reviews relating to the company’s name date back to July last year.
But it’s not the only response the Battered Wife has been getting. Others have come out in support of the business:
The owner of the store also disagrees with criticism and says “domestic violence is not a joke!! Not even close”.
“Y’all presume I’m endorsing it with the name,” she said on Facebook.
In a separate post she said: “What I don’t understand is why people, who say they are passionately against domestic violence, so freely and unashamedly abuse and attack me on social media because of the name of my shop and why do you obsess to protect a disgusting and degrading name put on beautiful intelligent women in bad situations by an uncomfortable society.
“I didn’t call it Domestic Violence and your heightened energy could be better served in that area then on an abusive witch hunt. I batter fish, I’m married to my business and I want to make a difference…!”
Following Mac’s post, the owner said she had to close the business temporarily “for the safety of my junior team member” after receiving prank calls.
Earlier in the month, an article published by the Sydney Morning Herald went viral after it called on Australians to “engage with this crisis” as six women were killed in just five days.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner in Australia.
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