The Australian Government has this morning announced, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, that it will launch a new statistical dashboard which will provide more timely reporting on intimate partner homicide.
Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon can provide a response to today’s announcement about reporting on intimate partner homicide.
Contact: +61 412 339 243 or Kate.Fitzgibbon@monash.edu
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The following is attributable to Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon:
“Improved data collection and timely reporting on intimate partner femicide is a critical piece of the puzzle in preventing and ultimately eliminating the killing of women by men’s violence.
“Today’s announcement is a welcome step towards the government’s commitment to reduce intimate partner femicides by 25 per cent annually, made as part of the first Action Plan under the National Plan to end Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032. Timely reporting is essential but we also must invest in comprehensive research to understand the opportunities to prevent these deaths and to improve early intervention efforts.
“Femicide is preventable but we cannot prevent what we do not measure. It is imperative that this newly announced dashboard captures the full breadth of women killed by intimate partners in Australia.
“In 2023, at least 53 women have been killed in Australia, the majority by men known to them. This is the tip of the iceberg of Australia’s national crisis of violence against women and family violence.”