Trigger warning: This post deals with domestic violence.
Detectives have charged a 49-year-old Dallas man with one count of murder following the discovery of a woman’s body inside a Dallas, Victoria home yesterday afternoon.
According the The Age, the man allegedly walked into the Broadmeadows police station and told officers he had killed his wife.
He will appear in Melbourne Magistrate’s Court today.
This tragic death brings the total number of women killed in circumstances of alleged domestic violence in Australia to 23 this year — and that’s not counting women killed violently in other circumstances.
The number of women killed each week by a partner or family member has almost doubled since last year. Domestic violence is the single greatest killer of women aged between 15 and 44.
Regardless of class, age, location, race or religion — every woman is at risk.
How many women have to die before something changes?
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:
If this post brings up any issues for you, or if you just feel like you need to speak to someone, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. It doesn’t matter where you live, they will take your call and, if need be, refer you to a service closer to home.