Death of Kyla Rogers is reminder of the fatal risk in family break-ups
18 May 2011
|"The tragic deaths of five-year-old Kyla Rogers, her mother Tania and her partner in the past 48 hours brings to mind the agonising stories of many other murders and murder-suicides that have occurred after couples have separated," writes Professor Patrick Parkinson AM|
"When young children are murdered, the sense of grief and shock is particularly intense, but we should grieve equally whenever a mother loses her life at the hands of a former partner.
"Separating from a partner can be a dangerous time for women.
"In many of these homicides, there has been a history of domestic violence before the separation, but this is not always the case.
"In one British study, for example, 41 per cent of the murders of partners did not appear to involve previous violence towards the victim.
"A family break-up can release feelings of anger, betrayal, jealousy and revenge of such passionate intensity that people are capable of doing things that are entirely out of character."
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