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This post deals with domestic violence and might be triggering for some readers.
Despite increased awareness and understanding of domestic violence, the same questions are asked of victims, again and again.
“Why did she put herself in a dangerous situation?” “Why didn’t she leave?”
Hannah Clarke had left.
According to relatives, the Brisbane woman had scooped up her three children and moved from their family home in Carindale in December. It seems she had the resources and the support system that so many lack. Even then, it wasn’t enough.
The 31-year-old and her children — Lainah, 6, Aaliyah, 4 and Trey, 3 — died this week from injuries sustained in a car fire allegedly lit by Hannah’s estranged husband.
Watch: The hidden numbers of domestic violence… Post continues after video.
On Wednesday morning, emergency services were called to a quiet street in the suburb of Camp Hill to reports of a car engulfed in flames and people trapped inside. What should have been an ordinary school run appears to have become the sickening scene of family violence. The children died in that car, Hannah died overnight in hospital, and the man who claimed to love them died on the footpath with self-inflicted wounds.
Allegations of previous abuse have been drip-fed to the media. There are reports of repeated physical violence, and her family have spoken about helping her escape the relationship.