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Nine-month-old girl and father dead in suspected murder-suicide

Nine-month-old girl and father dead in suspected murder-suicide

A South Australian father is suspected of intentionally taking his baby daughter’s life when he jumped off a dam wall in South Australia on Wednesday.

  • by Rachael Dexter

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Push to fast-track domestic violence laws after ‘horror’ killing

Push to fast-track domestic violence laws after ‘horror’ killing

The death of Gold Coast mother Kelly Wilkinson has prompted calls from the LNP for laws to be sped up. 

  • by Lydia Lynch
Children who see mothers abused ‘more likely to suffer asthma, language problems’
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Children who see mothers abused ‘more likely to suffer asthma, language problems’

Children exposed to family violence over an extended period during the first 10 years of life fare much worse than those who receive early intervention, a study of Victorian mothers has found.

  • by Melissa Cunningham
‘Feel the outrage’: 98 Queensland domestic violence orders broken every day

‘Feel the outrage’: 98 Queensland domestic violence orders broken every day

Anger is growing about a rise in domestic violence order breaches in Queensland after a Gold Coast mother of three was found dead in her backyard. 

  • by Lydia Lynch
‘We took her to 20 homes and got nowhere’: Perth rental crisis traps women fleeing domestic violence

‘We took her to 20 homes and got nowhere’: Perth rental crisis traps women fleeing domestic violence

In what appears to be a perfect storm, domestic violence is reported to have worsened while affordable housing options became less available and homelessness increased.

  • by Tess Ingram
‘Tsunami’ of women seeking legal help and services can’t keep up

‘Tsunami’ of women seeking legal help and services can’t keep up

Women’s legal centres have renewed their call for an extra $25 million a year in federal funding, saying they cannot keep up with the flood of mostly domestic violence victims seeking specialist help.

  • by Katina Curtis
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‘We have to take responsibility’: NSW Police commissioner says the force failed Edwards children

‘We have to take responsibility’: NSW Police commissioner says the force failed Edwards children

Mick Fuller says the force must take responsibility for the shooting deaths of Jack and Jennifer Edwards at the hands of their violent father, John.

  • by Angus Thompson and Daniella White
The family that we failed: coroner calls for action over deaths of Jack and Jennifer Edwards

The family that we failed: coroner calls for action over deaths of Jack and Jennifer Edwards

They were shot dead by their abusive father despite many requests for help from legal authorities.

  • by Daniella White
Date set for women’s summit to ‘stop the rot’ of domestic violence

Date set for women’s summit to ‘stop the rot’ of domestic violence

Anne Ruston and her state counterparts have agreed on July dates for the summit to shape a new national plan to prevent violence against women and children.

  • by David Crowe
‘Multiple agencies’ failed to prevent John Edwards from killing his children, inquest finds

‘Multiple agencies’ failed to prevent John Edwards from killing his children, inquest finds

The NSW Coroner has recommended that the lawyer who represented the children gunned down by their father should be investigated for disciplinary action.

  • by Harriet Alexander
Women say ‘I have to have sex to keep us safe’: Call for Medicare-funded family violence plans

Women say ‘I have to have sex to keep us safe’: Call for Medicare-funded family violence plans

As family violence rates hit record highs in Victoria, GPs say there is urgent need for 10-session family safety management plans to be funded under Medicare.

  • by Wendy Tuohy