Women at increased risk of homicide

The fight against rape and sexual assault continues as Brisbane prepares for its annual
The fight against rape and sexual assault continues as Brisbane prepares for its annual "Reclaim the Night" march.

A REPORT published by the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse found sexual assault by an intimate partner to be a key risk factor linked with intimate partner homicide.

According to the report, one-third of all sexual assaults involved an intimate partner.

Therefore, it says, women are at an increased risk of homicide when there is repeated sexual abuse in their relationship.

In Queensland, the Domestic Violence Death Review Action Group (DVDRAG) have been lobbying the government to hold a review into domestic violence deaths, an issue that is made all the more important with the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse findings.

This issue will be highlighted at the annual Reclaim the Night rally on 28th October.

BRISSC spokesperson, Karin Cheyne, hopes the rally will draw attention to not only the invisibility of sexual violence but also the forms of violence that occur within a relationship or family.

"Women continue to die as a result of violence and abuse by their male partners," she said.  

"Deaths resulting from domestic and family violence are a tragedy.  We are hoping this rally will be a call of action to end all violence against women."

Red roses will be given at the rally as a sign of love and remembrance of women killed by their intimate partner, while also raising awareness of the prevalence and impact of sexual violence in the community.

The Reclaim the Night annual rally for women and children has allowed women the opportunity to reclaim the streets in a safe and empowering way while drawing attention to the issue of men's sexual violence against women and children since the 1970's.

Women will gather at Brisbane Square at 6:30pm and will march to West End and finish with an after event at the Boundary Hotel.

Organisers hope the event will encourage people to reflect on what they can do to end sexual violence. 

"This might mean looking critically at how advertising portrays women, 'calling out' friends who tell 'rape' jokes or learning more about what true consent really is - a big sexy 'yes!'," said Reclaim the Night organiser, Meg Chadwick.

BRISSC is a specialist sexual violence support and prevention organisation that provides a variety of support services to women who have experienced rape and sexual abuse.  For more information please phone BRISSC at 07 3391 2573 or search 'Reclaim The Night Brisbane' on Facebook.

Topics:  rape reclaim the night sexual assault

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