Fears we are becoming desensitised to domestic violence

April 11, 2016

stop dvSherele Moody – Enough is enough – the killing and abuse has to stop.

There have been six alleged domestic violence-related deaths in Queensland since the start of the year, prompting Queensland politicians and frontline domestic violence workers to get this message into our communities and our courts.

A rally calling for the judiciary to get tough on perpetrators will be held at Brisbane’s court precinct from 11am on Thursday, April 14.

The rally will also commemorate the six women who have lost their lives to alleged family abuse this year.

Three of the deaths happened in the past three weeks.

Rosewood mother of six Michelle Reynolds died on April 4; 29-year-old Kippa-Ring mum Sandra Peniamina’s body was found in her home’s driveway on April 1; and 41-year-old Eight Mile Plains woman Olivia Tung was  allegedly kicked to death on March 16.

Each woman’s partner has been charged in relation to their deaths.

Though it’s important to say the courts have not determined the guilt of the accused – and they deserve a fair trial – if the charges are proved it will add to a shocking domestic violence toll in Queensland in recent times.

DVConnect CEO Di Mangan, whose organisation is one of the driving forces behind next week’s Queensland Says Enough rally, said she was appalled by the ongoing violence and the court system’s soft approach to sentencing family abuse perpetrators.

Ms Mangan highlighted a Southport domestic violence magistrate’s “lenient”  treatment of a Gold Coast businessman who walked free from court last month despite a “protracted” assault on his wife that included bashing her head onto a marble wall in February last year.

Perpetrator Vitali Roesch left his partner with black eyes and severe bruising all over her body, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported. Click here to read more at the Sunshine Coast Daily.

The 2016 Stop Domestic Violence Conference will be held on 5 – 7 December at the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane. To express your interest in the 2016 Conference CLICK HERE.

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