We don't want to write this story. We are sick of writing this story. Women keep dying, and nothing is changing — we've been writing this story for more than a decade.
This year 59 Australian women have been murdered, mostly at the hands of men. That number will rise again before Christmas. It always does.
Last year it was 57 women by December 31.
The year before it was 42. In 2020 it was 62. In 2019 it was 65.
We know this because registers like 'Destroy the Joint' have dedicated themselves to counting all women killed by violence in Australia. They too have been doing it for more than a decade, and every year the figure is astronomical. Every December dozens of new families contemplate the festive season without a loved one at the table.
Those figures are mind-boggling, and yet somehow we've just come to accept them. The insidious endemic issue of domestic violence murder has become part of our yearly sacrifice.
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