Violence needs campaign like drink-driving, smoking and speeding, says victim's father

The father of Bondi bashing victim Michael McEwen says a radical approach to alcohol-fuelled violence, including using perpetrators to speak out against its harm, must be taken for younger generations to understand its devastating impact on families.

Robert McEwen has spent the past two weeks in hospital watching his 23-year-old son recover from a random attack near a bus stop.

Initially, he did not know if his son would open his eyes again. Michael is out of intensive care and recovering well. ''Michael gets a little stronger each day. His voice is back to normal, he has his sense of humour and is generally positive,'' Mr McEwen said on Facebook.

''He has no memory of the days before the assault, but his long-term memory is perfect. Today his friends took him downstairs in a wheelchair for a coffee. He still can't walk.''

Mr McEwen said it was important to find out the demographic and age of the people most likely to offend.

''If we can identify that then maybe steps can be taken to intervene before they do it, before it happens,'' he said.

The state government could only do so much to prevent violence by imposing penalties and introducing tougher laws, Mr McEwen said.

''I think there needs to be a change in culture, people's attitudes.''

The father of four said he hoped one day a campaign about violence would be as prominent as the campaigns to reduce drink-driving, smoking and speeding.

He would also like to see people such as those who cracked Michael's skull advocate against violence.

"We would like them to be advocates of non-violence because they would have an incredible and powerful voice,'' he said.

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