The following data and statistics were taken and compiled from the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network conducted earlier this year.
The data used in that review was sourced from Coroners Courts in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory. For the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania, information was sourced from the National Coronial Information System.
In Australia from 2014 to 2017, 359 homicides occurred in domestic relationships. Between family members, loved ones, intimate partners.
Some of the most concerning information evident from domestic violence data showed systemic breaches of domestic violence orders and repeat offences.
Prominent legislation aimed at combatting domestic violence in Australia relies on the implementation of Domestic Violence Orders. These civil orders are implemented in an attempt to prohibit abusers from committing repeat instances of domestic violence against the same victim.
Yet, the data, and reality, shows a disturbing story of legislative ignorance. And a heart breaking tale of abuse of trust.
From 2010 to 2014 there were 152 intimate partner homicides committed by people with an “identifiable history of domestic violence”.
152 homicides were committed by people with a history of domestic violence, against their intimate partner.
These isolated figures alone are staggering. 152 people were killed. By someone with a history of domestic violence. Despite extensive legislation designed to prevent these atrocities.
28 of these victims were men. 17 of those 28 victims were the primary abuser of the female offender. Only two of these female offenders were found guilty of murder, while the overwhelming majority were found guilty of man-slaughter.
121 victims were women. Over four times the amount of male victims.
Of those victims, 112 were killed by their primary abuser. By their partner who abused them and then killed them.
It must also be noted three victims were part of a male to male relationship, though those victims have not been included in the following visualisation.
This visualisation chooses to focus on the victims, rather than the offenders.
It characterises the circumstances leading up to the instance of homicide, and asks serious questions about the confusing irrelevance of domestic violence orders.
A look inside the homicide victims of IPV violence.
Unforgivably high numbers of homicides committed by intimate partners continue to happen, and only time will tell if new and upcoming legislative changes will have an impact.
But what else can be done? Will awareness help to undermine domestic violence?