How many more women have to die before domestic violence is taken seriously?
An 18-year-old woman has been killed in an apparent domestic violence incident.
Police from Darling River Local Command were called to a Byron Street home in the New South Wales town of Brewarrina at approximately 5.45 PM on Saturday afternoon, where they found a woman suffering serious injuries.
Despite the arrival of additional emergency services, the woman died at the scene.
A police report from Sunday afternoon reveals a 22-year-old man was arrested at the scene and has been charged with murder and three outstanding warrants.
Police have established Strike Force Goninan to investigate further into the matter, but initial investigations suggest the incident was related to domestic violence.
He was refused bail and will appear in Bourke Local Court on Monday.
This alleged murder brings the number of women killed in alleged circumstances of family or intimate partner violence to 21 this year – a devastating death toll.
Domestic violence is the single greatest killer of woman between the ages of 15 and 44. The number of women killed each week by a partner or family member has almost doubled since last year. The statistics show that every women – regardless of age, class, race or religion – is at risk.
How many times does it have to be said before something is finally done?
The following women have also lost their lives in circumstances where they should have felt safe. Some of these matters are still before the courts, meaning their alleged murderers have not yet been convicted:
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Police remind people they should not report crime information via Facebook and Twitter pages.