18 women have been murdered by known or suspected male violence in the first 60 days of 2015 in Australia. 9 of these 18 women are believed to have been murdered by their former or current male partners. 4 of these 9 women had either Domestic Violence Orders in place, or a history of domestic violence that was known to police, one woman was seeking tighter restrictions.
“The biggest threat to Australians is obviously poor health, but for women under 45, the biggest cause of injury or death is violence from a current or former male partner. We see the Federal Government creating splashy campaigns, but overall defunding the area drastically and taking control of it away from the women with built-up expertise, towards religious groups with dubious records. So we don’t need rhetoric about over-hyped terrorist threats, but a government that acts in women’s interests.” – Virginia Brown, Reclaim The Night Perth
What is happening instead, is a repeated narrative in media reporting that undermines the male violence happening to women in Australia, even when this male violence kills them.
* In the recent murder of a 28 year old woman in the ACT, The Canberra Times, with little information known at the time, failed to interview community experts on domestic violence. This would have helped put this murder into context for their readers. Instead they interviewed a resident of the neighbourhood, who told readers this violence was “out of character for the area”, adding “The worst thing in this area is people using the street as a racetrack”.