With more than two dozen women dead this year due to gender-based violence, Australians are demanding action when an emergency national cabinet meeting is held this week to discuss a government response.

As new homicide statistics confirm today, the rate of women being killed by their partners is on the rise.

According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, the rate of women killed by their partners in Australia grew by 28% from 2021–22 to 2022–23. Half of the female homicide victims in 2022–23 were killed by a former or current partner.

Emeritus criminal justice professor Rick Sarre looks deeper into the statistics for us today. He notes another concerning figure – one in five homicide victims in 2022–23 identified as First Nations (35 men and 14 women).

Also in new research released today, Asher Flynn and colleagues found 41% of women reported experiencing tech-based sexual harassment at work, compared to 26% of men. Alarmingly one in seven Australians has engaged in the practice.

But perhaps the most troubling finding was that the harassment was often done deliberately to cause harm: more than one in four of those who engaged in it did so to frighten, humiliate or cause distress to the victim.

Meanwhile, in her new memoir, Rosie Batty writes of her “absolute despair” at our failure to protect women and children from gendered violence. It is now ten years since her 11-year-old son Luke was murdered by his father. It’s time for governments to stop talking and start doing, she writes, with guaranteed funding for support and crisis services specialising in family violence, among other measures.

Justin Bergman

International Affairs Editor

New homicide statistics show surge in intimate partner killings – and huge disparity in First Nations victims

Rick Sarre, University of South Australia

Half of the women homicide victims in 2022-23 were killed by a former or current partner.

Tech-based sexual harassment at work is common, male-dominated and often intended to cause harm

Asher Flynn, Monash University; Anastasia Powell, RMIT University; Lisa J. Wheildon, Monash University

One in seven Australians say they have engaged in tech-based workplace harassment – and it’s often designed to offend, humiliate and distress the victim.

‘Stop talking and start doing.’ Rosie Batty on trolls, accidental advocacy and treating domestic violence for what it is: terrorism

Kate Cantrell, University of Southern Queensland

In her new memoir Hope, Rosie Batty reflects on her ‘absolute despair’ at our failure to protect women and children from gendered violence – and the personal toll of becoming an unlikely campaigner.

When supplies resume, should governments subsidise drugs like Ozempic for weight loss? We asked 5 experts

Fron Jackson-Webb, The Conversation

Neither Ozempic nor Wegovy are listed on the PBS to treat obesity. When Wegovy becomes available, users will need to pay the full price. Or should the government subsidise it?

NZ started discussing AUKUS ‘Tier 2’ involvement in 2021, newly released details reveal

Marco de Jong, Auckland University of Technology; Emma Shortis, RMIT University

We now know official New Zealand meetings to discuss ‘AUKUS Tier 2’ took place much earlier than previously disclosed – raising questions about the security pact’s underlying purpose.

What is pathological demand avoidance – and how is it different to ‘acting out’?

Nicole Rinehart, Monash University; David Moseley, Monash University; Michael Gordon, Monash University

Pathological demand avoidance isn’t listed in the diagnostic manuals clinicians use. But that doesn’t make it less distressing for children or families. What can help?

Think all chemicals are bad? From our food to your phone, modern life relies on them

Timothy Schmidt, UNSW Sydney; Jason Dutton, La Trobe University

I hate telling people I’m a chemist – but chemistry is the central science of the modern world.

Vietnam, brutalist architecture, fees and Gaza: how student protests shaped Australian universities

Hannah Lewi, The University of Melbourne; Andrew Saniga, The University of Melbourne

Australian universities have long been a site of protest. Today’s students join this legacy of activists who helped shape higher education and the Australian cultural landscape.

It’s time to strike an environmental grand bargain between businesses, governments and conservationists – and stop doing things the hard way

Peter Burnett, Australian National University

It shouldn’t take sustained public outrage to stop environmentally destructive projects. Nature positive offers us a way forward.

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