United call to end the domestic violence epidemic
AS THE Maryborough man accused of shooting 49-year-old Karina Lock to death in a Gold Coast fast food restaurant lay dying in hospital on Friday, opinion leaders across the country added their voices to the call to end the terror that is sweeping our nation.
Ms Lock's 57-year-old husband Stephen's life support was turned off less than 24 hours after his wife became the 62nd Australian woman to die as a result of domestic violence this year.
Shortly after police confirmed his death it was revealed Lock had three months to serve on a two-year domestic violence order.
It is believed Ms Lock had moved to the Gold Coast from Maryborough to escape her husband's violence.
Domestic violence is also being blamed for the deaths of two more women and two children this week.
Southport office worker Tara Brown died in hospital on Wednesday night after the 24-year-old was allegedly assaulted on the side of a road at Molendinar on Tuesday.
Her ex-partner has been charged with murder.
On Monday a man was charged with murdering his daughter after the six-year-old's body was found by her mother hours earlier.
And in NSW, a seven-year-old boy and his grandmother were allegedly killed by the boy's uncle.
The man has been charged with two counts of murder and assaulting police.
Politicians and other community leaders joined the call to end the scourge that is sweeping the nation.
The Today Show's Lisa Wilkinson on Friday morning said the nation was in the grip of an epidemic.
"Violence against women in this country has now reached epidemic proportions," the TV veteran said as the show flashed up the faces of some of the victims.
"How many more women have to die before we do something?"
Destroy the Joint co-founder journalist Jenna Price said the Prime Minister Tony Abbott was not doing enough to protect women.
"The government needs to take responsibility and start funding it appropriately or we are going to have more and more women dying and more children dying," she said as her project claimed the best use of social media category for its Counting Dead Women Australia Facebook campaign.
The site lists details of all of the women who have died from violence this year.
Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne urged Australians to stop turning a "blind eye" to the problem
"The whole community needs to unite in horror about what's happened this week and do whatever we can to stamp it out," Mr Pyne said on Today.
"Whenever we see it, whenever we suspect it, whenever we hear about it, never turn a blind eye to domestic violence.
"Always dob in a domestic violence perpetrator."
Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese echoed the sentiment.
"It requires a response not just from governments at all levels but from the community," he said.
On Friday Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would again raise domestic violence with the country's other political leaders at next month's COAG meeting.
"I don't think it's good enough now to say we're going to put money into an anti-domestic violence national campaign," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"No more talking, we need action out on the ground."
If you or someone you know needs help, phone DV Connect on 1800 811 811, DV Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. - APN NEWSDESK