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Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack dated 14 March 2017

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Title

Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack dated 14 March 2017

Other title

Tabled Paper 242

Collection

Tabled Papers for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2017-03-16

Description

Deemed

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Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

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application/pdf

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See publication

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/271492

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/432582

Page content

198. I do not wish to "steal her thunder" and her thesis is too extensive for the purposes of this inquest, but I intend to adopt at least two of her recommendations. 199. Police indicated that they were reviewing the thesis. They provided a statement to my Office: "The study has been presented to the Northern Territory Police Senior Executive Group. It is currently being considered and areas of expansion have been identified, including obtaining qualitative information from the community, to better inform ongoing policing strategies. The paper will be utilised in the context of future Domestic Violence Strategy." 200. In her thesis Ms Kerr noted the pervasive presence of intimate partner violence (IPV): "The prevalence of IPV within the NT Aboriginal community revealed in these data is a most significant concern, with nine out of ten victims being Aboriginal, and eight of them Aboriginal women. Given that Aboriginal women are about 10% of the population this means that almost three quarters of them have been the victim of intimate partner violence, recorded in police reports, over a five year period. It is not an exaggeration to say that intimate partner violence committed upon Aboriginal women in the NT is pervasive. In fact the prevalence rates among this population are among the highest in the world. There is clear evidence that nearly all the offenders in the case of these women are Aboriginal men." 201. When no weapons were used women suffered 98% of the harm. 202. When weapons (other than edged weapons) were used almost all of the crime harm was experienced by women. It was different however, when edged weapons were used. Men suffered 44% of the harm in such cases. Ms Kerr stated that it was often believed that women in such situations caused the harm in self-defence or retaliation. 203. That belief was tested by analysis of all male victims in 2014. Ms Kerr found that two-thirds of Aboriginal male victims had previously been the 31


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