This is what domestic violence looks like in Australia

In her submission to the Senate Inquiry into domestic violence, Rosie Batty, whose son Luke was murdered by her former husband earlier this year, asked:

"Why is it that family violence is still so expected within our culture, and that we still maintain deep ambivalence to responding to violence in the home, violence predominantly targeting women and children?'

Every year, the death toll from intimate partner violence in Australia continues to climb. 


In 2014 alone, 68 women have been killed in violent circumstances, 52 of them by partners or former partners. NSW Police homicide commander Superintendent Mick Willing confirmed that around 36 per cent of all homcides are domestic related -- mostly committed in the victims' own homes.  

"Shining a light on domestic violence is important, obviously violence is a crime that occurs behind closed doors and the extreme of domestic violence is that it kills," Superintendent Willing said. 

Results of a national survey conducted by VicHealth revealed that one in five Australians believe "domestic violence could be excused if people get so angry they lose control".

Almost one in 10 think "it's a woman's duty to stay in a violent relationship to keep the family together".

As Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said in his police commissioners address on Monday, "We can never be ambivalent about this - we can never accept or expect family violence. We can never view family violence as an unfortunate inevitability, a fact of life outside of our control. We can do better, we have to."

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT