Horrific map exposes Australia’s violence shame
On Tuesday morning, police were called by a concerned neighbour to a Gold Coast home, where they found the body of Kelly Wilkinson.
Three children under the age of 9 were inside the Arundel house, while the “beautiful” mum’s body was discovered in the backyard, with “burn-type injuries”, in what Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn called “a very confronting scene”.
Her former partner, 34-year-old Brian Earl Johnston, was found in the front yard of a home two blocks away in a “semiconscious state”, with serious burns to his hands and airway. He was charged with murder and breaching a domestic violence order by detectives on Tuesday night.
Ms Wilkinson was just 27 years old. And if her story sounds familiar, that’s because, in Australia – where on average one woman is killed by a current or former partner each week – it is.
The killing of women by men’s violence, Associate Professor of Crimonology and Director of Monash University’s Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, Kate Fitz-Gibbon, told news.com.au, “is a persistent national emergency”.
Research showed that last year was the worst on record for domestic, family and sexual violence around Australia – a time when “there were so many more barriers to reaching out for safety and support”, Chief Executive of Women’s Safety NSW, Hayley Foster, told news.com.au.
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