“Of the 34 women who have died as a result of violence this year alone (at time of article),
We make up nearly 3% of the population yet are currently represented in this list between 3-4 times what our population parity rates would be. What’s more, and call me cynical, I have to wonder if there are more women out there we have not yet heard about or might never hear about. When you hear statistics like Aboriginal women are 38 times more likely to be hospitalised for assault than other women, it’s really hard to not think the numbers might be higher and could still escalate.
This is horrific and needs to end. #stopthecarnage #womenslivesmatter #blacklivesmatter”
“If preventing violence against women really does justify the shutting down of remote communities, why is a women’s shelter which services 50 remote communities on the Dampier Peninsula having to wind up operations in a month’s time due to lack of funding? The Djarindjin safe house – a community-driven shelter run by women who have themselves escaped violence – had a funding renewal application knocked back by the Federal Government, according to the ABC report. The region stands to lose not only a key support mechanism for women, but also a model of self-determination and culturally-appropriate service delivery.
Even if remote Aboriginal women believed the governments were acting in their interests, there are still no guarantees they will be able to access appropriate support in more populated regions. Last year, the family of Andrea Pickett, a Perth-based mother murdered by her estranged husband in 2009, took action against the West Australian government and police for repeatedly failing to act upon reports of restraining order breaches, despite Ms Pickett stating she feared for her life. Additionally, the day before she was murdered, Ms Pickett had been told by Crisis Care they were unable to provide her with accommodation.
Likewise, the family of 18-year-old Perth resident Colleen Tae Ford say police were aware she was a victim of domestic violence two months before she was murdered by her partner in October 2013. It is alleged police took a statement when Ms Ford was hospitalised from a beating and resultant still-birth, yet failed to act upon it. Both of these cases are devastating and, in both circumstances, it is alleged these women were failed by the systems supposed to protect them, despite being city-based and apparently having services at their disposal.” – Read full article Here, by Celeste Liddle, May 20, 2015, Daily Life.
*How victim blaming is heightened when sexism intersects with race – by Celeste Liddle, June 7, 2016, Daily Life.