Probe into home vi­o­lence

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIA’S first royal com­mis­sion into the “evil” of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence can prove the turn­ing point in pre­vent­ing death and suf­fer­ing in the fam­ily home, its head says.

Com­mis­sioner Mar­cia Neave opened the hear­ings yesterday with a minute’s si­lence to re­mem­ber those who have died or been sub­jected to pain and suf­fer­ing at home.

“We hope this will mark a mo­ment in time when the whole com­mu­nity com­mit­ted it­self to over­com­ing this so­cial evil,” Ms Neave said.

Ms Neave warned im­prov­ing gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nity re­sponses would not be easy.

“Our goal is to set strate­gic di­rec­tions so that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will be able to say this com­mis­sion was a turn­ing point,” she said.

Coun­sel as­sist­ing, Mark Moshin­sky QC, said there were 1088 fam­ily vi­o­lence- re­lated homi­cides na­tion­ally from 2003 to 2012.

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