Melbourne woman Nicole Lee was trapped with an abusive husband for 10 years who was also her carer. It was only when she ended up in the Emergency Department after an overdose that there was eventually any real intervention.
When asked why she took that overdose, Nicole confided that her husband had raped her four times in the past week.
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Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania collaborated with the Philadelphia Police Department to get detailed information on intimate-partner-violence cases. Analyzing 31,206 such incidents from 2013, research shows that current boyfriends or girlfriends are more likely than spouses to engage in certain types of violent behaviour. Furthermore, the authors write in the journal Preventive Medicine, former unmarried partners had the highest odds of stalking their exes, and of violating restraining orders.
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Family violence incidents were actually down by 4.5 per cent in 2017, which is great, but it's not great when you consider that the total crime had reduced by 9.6 per cent.
Having said that, the total number of family violence matters grew from about 63,000 in 2013 to 75,000 in 2017.
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A Melbourne man has pleaded guilty to one charge of intentionally causing serious injury to the woman after she was incapacitated, deemed to be an act of gross violence. "He told those present that she deserved the attack.
"He said he deliberately targeted her face to spoil her beauty.
"He said he never wanted to kill her but just make an injury to her face because she thinks beauty is everything."
The man admitted he struck his ex's face and head 12 times with an axe to "spoil her beauty" and that he struck her four times to the arms and seven times to the legs with that axe. A piece of axe blade broke off in her leg and an active arterial bleed in her head required immediate surgery.
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It is not unusual for Australian judges or magistrates to issue arrest warrants for people who do not turn up to give important evidence in court. But it is rare for the subject of the arrest warrant to be the alleged victim of domestic violence, where the accused is the alleged perpetrator.
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