One in five women suicide because they saw domestic violence as children
The report also found nearly half of all people who committed suicidehad experienced domestic violence, either as victims or as perpetrators. ▻http://dvvic.org.au/publications/today-is-a-day-for-victoria-to-be-proud
Domestic Violence Victoria CEO Fiona McCormack said the research was heart-breaking.
“This is a critical national emergency. More than one woman is murdered every week and these family violence deaths are on top of that. The federal government must make this a priority because what they are doing is just not enough.”
The research used data from police to examine both reported and unreported histories of domestic violence in the lives of those who took their own lives from July to December 2013.
Previous research showed a clear connection between those who think about suicide and their experience of family violence but this is the first study in Australia to show the link. Researchers said there was no reason to believe this pattern was any different across Australia.
Domestic violence researcher Michael Flood, associate professor at Queensland University of Technology, said the reasons men assault their partners and the reasons they kill themselves overlapped.
"From those numbers, it’s clear that if we fix family violence