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Why doesn’t the law protect more women from violence?

It might have to do with semiotics

8 June 2024

1:17 PM

8 June 2024

1:17 PM

On June 2, 2024, a woman in her 70s was the forty-third woman to be murdered in Australia. She joins a long list of women – Molly Ticehurst, Rebecca Young, Samantha Murphy, Hannah McGuire – to have been killed in domestic violence incidents in 2024 alone. The Prime Minister has called it a ‘national crisis’, but those words don’t seem big enough to capture the dreadful truth: that more than half of the women murdered in Australia in the last financial year were killed by an intimate partner or ex-partner.

The laws of every single state and territory already make domestic...

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