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 shocking front page image led to an outpouring of grief on social media for the victims.
And shone a spotlight on the issue of violence against women in Australia.
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.
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.
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.
All of these incidents have led to many asking what more could be done by the government to prevent violence against women.
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 www.1800RESPECT.org.au.
In an emergency, call 000.
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