A critical intervention that could help save lives
UPDATE: Death reviews have now been listed as a key action area in the Second Action Plan - our governments' national plan to reduce violence against women and their children. The Plan helps set the agenda for Commonwealth, state and territory government action on family violence for the next 3 years. The inclusion of death review processes provides a critical foundation for increased attention and investment in the area. There's still more to be done - but this is a big step forward.
*Trigger warning: discussion of domestic violence.
The numbers tell a chilling story:
* Intimate partner homicides account for almost of quarter of homicides in Australia
* Between 2008 and 2010, there were 122 intimate partner homicides in Australia
* 16.9% of women over 15 have experienced partner violence
It’s clear; family violence is a national emergency.
Experts have emphasised nationwide death review processes as a critical measure that can help prevent further loss of life. Death review processes are designed to identify where systems have failed to protect family violence victims, and to identify the changes that are required to save future lives. They're something family violence workers have been calling for over many years.
Government appointed experts called for death review processes as an urgent priority in 2009. But death review processes still aren’t in place nationally. Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, and the Northern Territory still lack any kind of family violence death review mechanism, and the Victorian Review has suffered reduced resourcing.
Join the call for the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, to work with the States to ensure best practice death review processes are established and appropriately resourced across the country.
*For 24 hour help, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732). Or see your state and territory helplines here.
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 Domestic Violence Victoria et al, Joint submission to inform the development of the Second Action Plan under the National Action Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their children, March 2014, p18.