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Shocking homepage draws attention to scourge of violence against women

By WITW Staff on September 13, 2015

In the same week the screen-grab of a news site’s homepage was shared virally – because six of its lead stories featured violence against women several high profile women have spoken out about the scourge of domestic violence across Australia. On Thursday, Alan Vaarwerk shared an image on Twitter of The Brisbane Times front page, chronicling a terrible spate of attacks on women, with the note: “I want to cry.” Soon, the hashtags #stoptheviolence and #stopviolenceagainstwomen were trending on social media. A second publication from the Queensland capital, the Courier-Mail, responded the following day with a front-page headline “Stand up”, in which a group of prominent figures from sport, media and politics, called for a state-wide campaign against domestic violence. In 2013-14 Queensland had more domestic violence reports than any other Australian state except Victoria. Although initiatives were already underway under the state’s new Labor government, led by Annastacia Palaszczuk, the confluence of shocking cases has lent new urgency to the response. Queensland has vowed to adopt all 140 recommendations of a landmark report on family violence, produced by Australia’s former governor-general Quentin Bryce.

Read the full story at The Guardian.