Finally, finally. The truth about domestic violence in Australia sitting smack-bang on the front page of a major newspaper – exactly where it belongs.
Flicking through my pile of weekend papers, this arresting cover caught the breath in my throat. Obviously, the content is distressing and the stories covered here are profoundly tragic. But as I sat down to devour this investigation into the deaths of women at the hands of their lovers in NSW, there was also an enormous flush of relief.
Each of the women pictured here was murdered, and these stories deserve coverage as prominent and moving as this. Domestic violence is the single most deadly, horrific epidemic in our local society that, for the most part, gets buried in the news cycle underneath ‘coward punches‘ and changes in liquor laws.
This. THIS is how we should be reporting domestic violence.
Credit where it’s due: This is the work of Fairfax journalists Amy Corderoy, Nick Ralston, and Inga Ting. Their investigation reveals that three quarters of all women who are killed in NSW, die at the hands of their significant other.
NSW police commissioner Andrew Scipione (the “top cop” who “calls to break the silence”) very rightfully expressed his alarm at the way domestic violence slips to the bottom of our priorities: ”If there was any other single issue causing this sort of grief there would be a big outcry. ‘These are mothers, your daughters, your sisters, wives, girlfriends, these are the people that work at the desk next to you. These are real people and they are horrifying numbers.”
Scipione says there are 370 instances of domestic violence in the state every day.
Let’s have a closer look at the statistics: