Half the men who kill partners have history of domestic violence.More than half the men convicted of killing their partners in the past decade had a history of perpetrating family violence and in many cases exhibited “red flags” they were capable of lethal violence, according to new research.
Researchers from Monash University and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria analysed the trial transcripts from 51 homicide prosecutions involving men who killed their intimate partners between 2005 and 2014.
They found that recent legal reforms aimed at reducing excuses for men’s violence against women had a minimal impact on the practical operation of the law in court, including in the way cases were presented at trial and the use of expert evidence.
Monash University Law School’s Associate Professor Bronwyn Naylor, who co-authored the report, said men were able to explain killing their partner as a “one off awful” event even in cases where there was a history of violent, coercive and controlling behaviour.
Dr Naylor said “red flag indicators” such as obsessive jealousy and threats to harm or suicide – which are now being used to help identify high risk victims in non-fatal family violence cases – could not be presented or were not given enough prominence at trial.
“Some of this information was there but couldn’t be built into the trial process and therefore allowed juries to be presented with what looked like a case that was hard to explain: that this man suddenly snapped or the killing was hard to understand because it just happened – it was out of character,” Dr Naylor said.
“This is relevant at both the trial process as to whether they’re going to be convicted and what they’re going to be convicted of and at the sentencing process. The rules of evidence are there for good reason – it’s just that it can end up telling a story that is very different to the way it was experienced.”
The study found that in homicide prosecutions the use and reliance on evidence of prior family violence was mixed and often depended on whether the offender had previously been subject to criminal charges or an intervention order.
In 27 of the 51 cases the man had a history of perpetrating family violence. Relationship separation, substance abuse and mental illness were also key factors in intimate partner homicides.
Of the 51 cases, 36 men were convicted of murder and 13 were convicted of manslaughter.
The report examined the impact of changes to homicide laws in the past 10 years that focused on provocation and self defence and which are aimed at allowing more information being heard in court about the history of a violent or abusive relationship.
It found the reforms had minimal impact on the practical operation of the law in court and that the abolition of the partial defence of defensive homicide in 2014 will disadvantage women who kill their abusive partners.
“Women charged with killing their violent partner can still have difficulty proving that they were acting in self defence, and law reforms that were aimed to make this a clearer defence in appropriate cases have not necessarily made a significant difference,” Dr Naylor said.
“We need to go back to look at our recent reforms and see why some aren’t being used and whether other reforms should be revised.”
The Andrews Government this week allocated half a billion dollars for family violence services, focusing on the Royal Commission’s 65 most pressing recommendations.
Busy man: Harry Redknapp arriving in Australia with Jordan in March. Photo: Katherine GriffithsBridge: This could be my last game for Wanderers before switch to AsiaAdelaide have grand final advantage over Wanderers, insists Djite
Harry Redknapp has spent time in charge of some of England’s leading clubs, but his next move is set to see him link up with the Central Coast Mariners as a consultant.
Redknapp, 69, was recently in Australia as the manager of the Jordan national team for a World Cup qualifier against the Socceroos, which Jordan lost 5-1.
As Jordan coach, Redknapp split his time between the gulf nation and English side Derby County, where he has been working as a ‘football advisor’.
Redknapp’s deal with Central Coast was announced on Twitter by the Mariners, during their end-of-season awards night, the Mariners Medal.
Central Coast finished on the bottom of the A-League ladder, taking just 13 points from 27 games and shipping a staggering 70 goals in the process. #CCMFC Owner Mike Charlesworth announces that Harry Redknapp will join the Mariners as a consultant. More to come! #MarinersMedal— #CCMFC (@CCMariners) April 29, 2016
It’s not clear how much input Redknapp will have, especially given a follow-up tweet from the Gosford club, mentioning that the former West Ham manager will visit Australia during the 2016/17 season. Harry Redknapp will visit #CCMFC during the @ALeague 16/17 season. Welcome, ‘Arry #MarinersMedalpic.twitter上海龙凤419m/5dm8zGptyh— #CCMFC (@CCMariners) April 29, 2016
After failing to advance to the next round of qualifying with Jordan, it has been heavily rumoured that Redknapp will take over as the manager for Nigeria – and if that does eventuate, it will be interesting to see how much time he can devote to the 2012-13 A-League Champions.
Brumbies chief executive Michael Jones met with the Brumbies board on Friday to begin formal mediation. Photo: Graham TidyThe ACT Brumbies board and chief executive Michael Jones were locked in formal mediation late on Friday night as speculation swirled the parties had reached an agreement to part ways.
It is believed the board and Jones were close to finalising a payout deal that would see Jones leave his post as chief executive more than a month after he was initially stood down and the matter ended up in court.
But the ugly war took another twist when it was reported that Jones was set to launch a workplace investigation into the actions of players Stephen Moore and Scott Fardy.
The board has been working to come up with a deal with Jones to end more than a month of court room battles and uncertainty at the Super Rugby franchise.
If a deal can be struck it is likely that there would be no workplace investigation.
But in a massive bombshell, Moore and Fardy were named in a report that has seen the saga spill into the Brumbies’ team environment on the eve of a season-defining clash against defending champions the Otago Highlanders.
Jones and the board have been at loggerheads for more than a month after chairman Robert Kennedy stood down Jones on March 21.
Jones took the matter to the ACT Supreme Court and won an injunction under temporary whistleblower protection and the matter is ongoing. It was expected Jones would file a statement of claim on Friday.
So far the players and coach Stephen Larkham have been shielded from the saga, preferring to focus on their Super Rugby performances.
But now Fardy and Moore have been dragged into an internal war that could split the Brumbies apart.
Fardy is a board member and has been attending meetings about Jones’ future and Moore is the Wallabies captain.
Jones is keen to remain in his post despite the rift with the board as a payout and damages for his dismissal remain on the table, with two of the club’s senior players caught in the crosshair.
The Daily Telegraph reported Jones would not confirm or deny that he had told the board of his decision to launch a workplace investigation into Moore and Fardy. The report said the nature of the investigation remained unclear.
If the players are now involved and the investigation materialises, the effects will hit the best performing aspect of the Brumbies.
The Brumbies as an organisation has continually lost money in recent years despite on on-field resurgence led by Larkham and his players. Moore and Fardy have been crucial cogs in team success.
The Brumbies lost more than $1.6 million last year and any sort of payout to Jones would significantly hit the club in the pocket.
The ongoing AFP investigation into a KPMG report has been the source of angst between Jones and some Brumbies stakeholders.
The report into transactions at the club between 2009 and 2013 relates to the $11.375 million sale of the Brumbies’ former Griffith headquarters and subsequent move to the University of Canberra.
The Brumbies board was hoping to reach an agreement to part ways with Jones on Friday night after entering a formal mediation process. Negotiations dragged late into the night and an announcement on a deal could be made next week.
Sophie Smith needs another 81 runners. Photo: Janie BarrettThey are the SMH Half Marathon team who have raised more than $1 million since 2007. Now in their tenth year, Running for Premature Babies want to go one step further.
“We decided last year that we wanted to have a team of 500 runners, double the number the team has ever been,” said group founder Sophie Smith.
“Currently I’ve got 421 runners registered, but between now and the 15th of May I’m really hoping I can find another 81 runners.”
With an original goal of $20,000 in 2007 the team have since raised $1.5 million for desperately needed life-saving equipment at the Royal Hospital for Women’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, resulting in hundreds of saved lives.
The fundraising is more than just a number for Smith, who in 2006 found out she was pregnant with triplets. However, all three passed away over three months after they were born at 24 weeks.
“We were absolutely over the moon, we couldn’t wait to welcome them into the world,” she reflects, saying that coming to home to an “empty, quiet house” was extremely hard.
“Losing a baby is terribly hard but also very lonely because in our society losing a baby is not something we talk about very much, so to be able to talk about it in a group is very healing,” she said.
That group, of course, is Running for Premature Babies. More than 2500 have run with the group over the past 10 years, including friends and family of premature babies.
However, Smith stresses anyone and everyone can join the group, and encourages people who are already registered to join.
“We have trainers, twice-weekly training sessions and social events,” she said, adding there’s even been a marriage within the group – a testament to the community she’s fostered.
“Everyone is supported, from the slowest runner to the fastest runner.”
The SMH Half Marathon is on May 15. Donations can be made at www.runningforprematurebabies上海龙凤419m
Video rental stores, baggy jeans and Danish pop stars Aqua. There are some things that didn’t make it out of the last decade. But not so the Yellow and White Pages, the once mighty directories that continue to find their way onto front lawns around the country.
And despite the arrival of the Google-era, you might be surprised to learn the books might be delivered for at least another decade.
Sensis, the company that produces the directories, will continue to do so while ever there’s still demand and lucrative ad revenue.
“There’s still quite a strong audience,” group manager of distribution Stephen Harvy told Fairfax Media.
“It’s probably stronger in regional centres and towns than cities but there’s a solid audience across the country of people that still like to use printed directories.
“So long as that’s the case, we’re committed to them. Certainly for 10 years but it is hard to put a number on it.”
A quick browse of the directories’ Twitter feeds reveals much time is spent responding to people wanting to opt-out of receiving the books.
“A White Pages was delivered to my house today. Went straight into the recycling bin,” said one. I threw these in the recycling bin earlier this week, and more were dumped at our door today @Whitepages_aupic.twitter上海龙凤419m/3PNW2Yy1X7— Wade Roberts (@incorrect) April 22, 2016
“Yellow Pages, so disappointing to see this when I get home. Please stop wasting energy and paper,” remarked another.
The digitally-inclined are patiently pointed to the directoryselect上海龙凤419m.au opt-out option, which Mr Harvy said 2 to 3 per cent of households nationally had registered with.
Despite the negative publicity, Sensis has repeatedly resisted switching to an “opt in” system. What is this mystical tome? A printed phone book? Bet some kids have never even seen one before! LOL #WhitePagespic.twitter上海龙凤419m/jbQnnWcqE7— Samantha Amjadali (@sam_amjadali) April 13, [email protected]_au so disappointing to c this when I get home. Pls stop wasting energy n paper it goes str8 in bin pic.twitter上海龙凤419m/kx6t12qXOk— Paul Matthews (@Mrpaulmatthews) February 6, 2016 Read More