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This Viral Image Shows Violence Against Women Is A National Emergency

Five headlines, all about violent attacks on women.

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The Brisbane Times has this morning sparked a national conversation about violence against women, following the jaw-dropping image of its front page, laden with stories ranging from "woman shot in buttocks" to "woman shot dead at McDonald's".

the front page of @brisbanetimes right now. i want to cry

The shocking front page image led to an outpouring of grief on social media for the victims.

Another gutless bikie murders a young woman in Australia .... added to the growing list of civilian casualties from these cowards

Another day, another senseless loss of a woman to #domesticviolence in Australia. Rest in peace Tara Brown.

And shone a spotlight on the issue of violence against women in Australia.

@mattb3012 @abcnews Australia has a terrible domestic violence problem. This is the second woman murdered on the GC in as many days.

Another woman dies from domestic violence ~ Australia why ?

24-year-old mother Tara Brown died in hospital overnight after her estranged partner allegedly ran her off the road and bashed her with a metal object. A week earlier, she had gone to police seeking protection from him, and was turned away.

Tara Brown, 24, died in hospital overnight. Her ex-partner has been charged with her murder

In the south-west Brisbane suburb of Wacol, a man rammed a woman's car and chased her down the street wielding a machete. The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries to the head and neck.

Man in custody after allegedly attacking former partner w a machete at Wacol. Neighbours intervened @7NewsQueensland

In the most recent incident, a woman died on Thursday morning after a man shot her in the head inside a McDonald’s restaurant.


On Wednesday night, a 27-year old woman was shot in the buttocks on the Gold Coast. In Gladstone, a couple was banned from liquor outlets in Queensland and sentenced to jail for breaching domestic violence orders.

Government minister Michaelia Cash told BuzzFeed News that this was a dark day for Australia.


Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was horrified by the vicious attacks. She urged women who may be concerned about being in a domestic violence situation to call DV Connect on 1800 811 811.

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All of these incidents have led to many asking what more could be done by the government to prevent violence against women.

so what has Tony Abbott been doing or saying about violence against women and children in Australia lately?

3 women in 3 days. FFS, Australia. How many more will it take before we really act on men's violence against women?

Work out what the connecting word here is, and then let's deny there's a problem with violence against women in Aus

Researchers from the Counting Dead Women Australia project say 62 women have been violently killed in 2015.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit

In an emergency, call 000.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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Alexandra Lee is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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