Five women in Australia have been violently killed in seven days.
The register maintained by the Counting Dead Women Australia researchers of Destroy The Joint, which records every death due to violence against women in Australia, now sits at 44 for 2019.
We are now in the 39th week of 2019 so the toll is higher than the shocking statistic that on average a woman is killed each week by a current or former partner.
On Saturday afternoon a 32-year old woman, Helena Broadbent, died after falling from a moving car in Victoria during what police describe as ‘an altercation’. She was airlifted to hospital, but died that afternoon. Her unborn baby was delivered by caesarean section, and remains in hospital in a critical condition.
A baby remains in a critical condition in a Melbourne hospital after her mother died from injuries, suffered when she fell from a car. Helena Broadbent had been five months pregnant, her daughter delivered by an emergency C-section. https://t.co/fP4Pk0PjAv @EstelleGriepink #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/FQ9VsZJCqo
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) September 29, 2019
A man known to Helena has been arrested and charged with dangerous driving causing death.
Her brother, Paul Broadbent, told Channel 7 she was five months pregnant and was already a mother to two young girls.
“She was a beautiful, caring mum. She loved those two kids. And she was so looking forward to the new one on the way,” he said.
Floral tributes laid in Keilor Downs for 32 y/o mother Helena Broadbent who died on Sat after falling from a moving car. 35 y/o William Wilson charged over her death, he’s due in court this Wed. Trying to get an update on baby’s condition, last known was critical. @abcmelbourne pic.twitter.com/rbr2Lq6SuA
— Zalika Rizmal (@Zalika_R) September 29, 2019
On September 26, Trudy Dreyer 49 was found alongside her partner Tim Ogle at their Hunter Valley home in Doyles Creek, NSW.
A travel agent contacted police after the couple failed to board a plane for a holiday to South America. Police believe it is a murder/suicide and that Ogle killed Trudy Dreyer before turning the gun on himself. Investigations are ongoing. Dreyer has two teenage children.
'Hard-working lady': Trudy Dreyer killed in suspected murder-suicide https://t.co/8GtRdqSEyj
— Newcastle Herald (@newcastleherald) September 29, 2019
On Wednesday, September 25, a 24 year old Selma Adem Ibrahim was found in her Crestmead home near Logan in Queensland. It is reported that her six year old daughter had called an ambulance. Police have charged her partner with murder. She was the mother of two young children.
A man is being questioned by police over the violent death of a Crestmead mother. The victim's young daughter called paramedics, who found the 24-year-old from Sudan with severe facial injuries. @MacLyon7 #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/OOs03LYiEm
— 7NEWS Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) September 25, 2019
Last Monday, on September 23, Kim Chau aged 39, was found by police at her home on Sturt Street, Adelaide. Friends had contacted police after Chau failed to turn up for work and missed a planned social function. Police said she had been stabbed and her body was found in an upstairs living area. After an overnight search, police arrested a 21 year old man, believed to be known to Chau, and charged him with murder.
Police have arrested a young man over the stabbing death of 39-year-old Kim Chau, whose body was found last night “concealed” in the luxury home of two senior State Government executives. The man had been living at the home on and off for two years. https://t.co/eTQGHtfwOY pic.twitter.com/UoRU8fKBUK
— The Advertiser (@theTiser) September 24, 2019
On Saturday 21 September Police and emergency services in Wagga Wagga found a 25 year old woman, Mhelody Bruno, injured and unresponsive. She died shortly after 10am on Sunday 22 September. That afternoon an unnamed 31 year old man was arrested and charged with manslaughter.
Speaking from the Philippines, sister-in-law Janet Bruno told me they're left in limbo about the details surrounding Mhelody Bruno's death in Wagga and want her body returned to the Philippines ASAP. Just devastating for her family. Rest in peace.https://t.co/0yCj8Kc7nZ
— Toby Vue (@tobyvue) September 27, 2019
All of these women have names. They ought to have all had their lives in front of them. They were loved and had families and friends and workplaces and communities. Three of them have children.
The tragedy isn’t just that five women have lost their lives to monstrous violence. It’s that these violent acts will also shatter the lives of so many others who knew and loved them. Where does the damage end? It’s hard to imagine it ever will.
Their names are Helena Broadbent, Trudy Dreyer, Selma Adem Ibrahim, Kim Chau and Mhelody Bruno.
If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, phone 1800 RESPECT. For counselling, advice and support for men who have anger, relationship or parenting issues, call the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491