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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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media and the wider media allowing for the young people to learn and discuss respectful relationships. 7 25 5. I am aware that there are already many programs along these lines. However, in light of the very high population of Aboriginal youth this would seem to be an area for careful evaluation and considerable action. Law enforcement Response 256. I heard evidence that recidivist offenders had been identified and the highest level of offenders, (296 offenders who have committed five or more DV related offences in the last 12 months) are going to be targeted with more Police resources. That does seem a sensible initiative. 25 7. Police also indicated that they were hoping for offender reporting to target and monitor recidivist domestic violence offenders. Ms Kerr also made that recommendation. Given the significant damage that such offenders are doing to partners, children and the community that appears appropriate. For that there will need to be a change in legislation. Alcohol 258. The supply of alcohol (particularly takeaway alcohol) in the Northern Territory is well known to be problematic and one of the contributors to the horrendous levels of violence. Those issues have not, in any real sense, been confronted over the decades. They need to be. 259. I have previously made recommendations about that. The most recent was in 2015 in the inquest into the death of Perry Langdon. I recommended: 7 J Kerr p93 "That the Government commission an independent expert inquiry into responses to alcohol misuse in the Northern Territory. This should form the basis for a plan to be developed by government working with stakeholders, including Aboriginal people, communities and organisations, to find solutions." 45

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