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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



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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last occasion for pouring boiling water over her, burning 20% of her body and breaking her arm with a steel bar. He was released on probation after 18 months with a condition not to contact the deceased. He breached that condition. They resumed their relationship and he killed her. 230. In that case I stated: "[T]here is much to appreciate and respect in the way Aboriginal people live their lives in remote communities in the Northern Territory. However, the present day gross violence perpetrated on some women in such communities by some men must be recognised and something done about it. The criminal courts of the Northern Territory are replete with examples of shocking violence inflicted upon Aboriginal women in remote communities." 231. That was ten years ago. The Police are now far more proactive, many Domestic Violence initiatives are now available for victims and perpetrators and we are now into the third quarter of The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010- 2022. However, any positive impact on domestic violence in the Aboriginal community is difficult to detect. 232. It is time to take stock. To re-evaluate the strategies dealing with domestic violence in Aboriginal communities. 233. There are improvements that can be made to the criminal justice system and they should be made. But there is a need for something that is more appealing and able to be more readily utilised by victims. Improvements to the current system 234. There are two obvious areas where improvements could be made to the criminal justice system. They are interrelated: the use of body worn cameras by Police Officers and using the information recorded as evidence-in-chief in prosecutions; and 41

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