#66 – Man Murders Woman 2016

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In an update to the 2016 list of women killed by men, we are sad to report the death of the 66th woman from known or presumed male violence.
Tanya Beattie, 41 had previously been on the watchlist after she was killed in an Ann St home in Eaton between November4 and 5 2016.
After a 5 week investigation, Ian Dennis Jones, 51, was charged with her murder in December 2016. He had been picked up in Boyanup 19 kms away, behaving erratically, around the time of her death. The Ann St property she was found dead in was his home.

 

Background:

The summary of women killed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on this page.

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in a Australia is jointly undertaken by Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia.

We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will neither publish posts nor comments which do this.

Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.

If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at wimms@womenshoutoutaustralia.com or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.

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Man Murders Woman 2017 – 19 February 2017

  In Memory Man Murders Woman 2016

A 7th man is believed responsible for the death of a woman in Australia in 2017.

Shahab Ahmed, 33, has been charged with the murder of his wife Khondkar Faihi Elahi, 29 at their Parramatta home on the 19th of February 2017.

Khondkhar was found with multiple stab wounds by police and taken to hospital but died of her injuries.

The accused’s lawyer has suggested the victim’s (alleged) behavior lead to the incident in language erasing perpetrator responsibility and blaming the victim.

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The Magistrate hearing his bail application, Gary Still, described the account the Shahab Ahmed gave police as chilling and denied his bail application. “He referred to court documents stating Ahmed had made multiple threats to Ms Elahi at their unit before her death and that he stabbed her repeatedly with a knife “including in the back”.”

Our deepest condolences go to Khondkar Elahi’s family and friends.

 

Background:

 The summary of women killed in 2016 listed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here, with the 2017 summary listed here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on these pages where we are aware of them.

At the end of 2016, approximately 92% of the perpetrators charged with the murder, manslaughter or otherwise in relation to the death of women in Australia in 2016 were male. Where perpetrators were identified, 94% of women were killed by male perpetrators (91%) or male and female perpetrators. Only 6% of women’s deaths were caused by women acting alone.

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in a Australia is jointly undertaken by Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia.

We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will neither publish posts nor comments which do this.

Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.

If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at wimms@womenshoutoutaustralia.com or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.

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Man Murders Woman 2017 – 2 February 2017

  In Memory Man Murders Woman 2016

A 6th man is believed to be responsible for the death of a woman in Australia in 2017.

A 50yo woman was found with life threatening injuries at a unit in Main Road East, St Albans, Vic just before 12.30am February 2, 2017.

The victim, who has not yet been named, died on the way to hospital.

Investigators were treating the woman’s death as suspicious and were looking for a 63yo man in relation to the woman’s death when his body was located.

A report will be prepared for the coroner; Police said they are not searching for anyone else in relation to the incident.

Our deepest condolences go to the victim’s family and friends.

 

Background:

 The summary of women killed in 2016 listed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here, with the 2017 summary listed here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on these pages where we are aware of them.

At the end of 2016, approximately 92% of the perpetrators charged with the murder, manslaughter or otherwise in relation to the death of women in Australia in 2016 were male. Where perpetrators were identified, 94% of women were killed by male perpetrators (91%) or male and female perpetrators. Only 6% of women’s deaths were caused by women acting alone.

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in a Australia is jointly undertaken by Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia.

We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will neither publish posts nor comments which do this.

Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.

If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at wimms@womenshoutoutaustralia.com or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.

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Man Murders Woman 2017 – 31 January 2017

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A fifth man is responsible for the death of a woman in Australia in 2017.
40 year old Teresa Bradford was stabbed to death by her estranged husband David Bradford, 52, in her Matas Drive, Pimpana home on Tuesday 31st January.

Mr Bradford murdered Teresa in front of their children before killing himself. He had been freed on bail on serious domestic violence charges just two weeks before.

He had been charged with four domestic violence offences including choking, assault occasioning bodily harm, deprivation of liberty and common assault and was to have faced a committal hearing in March.

Teresa was a mother of 4 children, three of whom ran to a neighbour’s home to raise the alarm.

Our hearts are with Teresa’s beloved children, extended family & friends at this horribly sad time.

 

 

Background:

 The summary of women killed in 2016 listed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here, with the 2017 summary listed here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on these pages where we are aware of them.

At the end of 2016, approximately 92% of the perpetrators charged with the murder, manslaughter or otherwise in relation to the death of women in Australia in 2016 were male. Where perpetrators were identified, 94% of women were killed by male perpetrators (91%) or male and female perpetrators. Only 6% of women’s deaths were caused by women acting alone.

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in a Australia is jointly undertaken by Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia.

We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will neither publish posts nor comments which do this.

Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.

If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at wimms@womenshoutoutaustralia.com or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.

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Man Murders Woman 2017 – 20 January 2017 – Bourke St attack

 

A fourth man has bebourke-st-victimsen charged in relation to the death of women in Australia in 2017.
On 20th January it is alleged that 26 year old Dimitrious Gargasoulas, on bail, drove his car into the busy Bourke Street Mall after allegedly assaulting his brother in a homophobic attack, allegedly stealing his stepfather’s car and allegedly taking his pregnant girlfriend hostage for some hours.
Six victims died in the attack or in the 10 days afterwards with a total of 37 victims treated by hospitals across Melbourne.
Dimitrious Gargasoulas has been charged with five counts of murder.

 

 

Image may contain: 1 person, closeupZachary Bryant (right), who was killed in the Bourke Street attack, with his sister Zara.
Three-month-old baby Zachary Bryant died at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital from injuries sustained in the attack. Zachary’s two-year-old sister, Zara, was also injured in the incident.

 

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10 year old Thalia Hakin from Melbourne was with her Mum and younger sister when they were struck down by the car driven by Dimitrious “Jimmy” Gargasoulas in Bourke Street Mall on Friday 20 January.

Thalia was one of one of the youngest killed. Her younger sister Maggie, 9 was also injured and her Mother Nathalie is still fighting for her life in hospital.

Thalia’s school principal, Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler, said the community was “heartbroken” by the loss of the friendly Beth Rivkah College student.

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22 year old Jess Mudie, from Wattle Grove in Sydney’s southwest, was killed when she was hit by the red Commodore driven by alleged killer Dimitrious “Jimmy” Gargasoulas in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall on Friday 20 January.

Jess was a consultant for insurance broker Marsh and was visiting her older brother in Melbourne, when she was struck while on the popular shopping strip.

 

 

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Bhavita Patel, 33yo from Blackburn South is the 6th victim to die as a result of the Bourke Street attack on Friday 20th January.
Bhavita was a senior manager with Deloitte in Melbourne & had been walking back to her office from her lunch break when she was struck down. Bhavita died in hospital just before 7.30pm on Monday 30 January – 10 days after the fatal rampage.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of all the six victims, those named and unnamed, as well as all injured in the attack.

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Background:

 The summary of women killed in 2016 listed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here, with the 2017 summary listed here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on these pages where we are aware of them.

At the end of 2016, approximately 92% of the perpetrators charged with the murder, manslaughter or otherwise in relation to the death of women in Australia in 2016 were male. Where perpetrators were identified, 94% of women were killed by male perpetrators (91%) or male and female perpetrators. Only 6% of women’s deaths were caused by women acting alone.

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in a Australia is jointly undertaken by Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia.

We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will neither publish posts nor comments which do this.

Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.

If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at wimms@womenshoutoutaustralia.com or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.

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Man Murders Woman 2017 – 20 January 2017

  In Memory Man Murders Woman 2016

A third man has been charged in relation to the death of a woman in Australia in 2017.
A 34 year old man, unnamed, has been changed with murdering an unnamed woman, 33 and known to him, on 20th January 2017, in Tennant Creek.
Our deepest condolences go to the victim’s family and friends.

Background:

 The summary of women killed in 2016 listed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here, with the 2017 summary listed here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on these pages where we are aware of them.

At the end of 2016, approximately 92% of the perpetrators charged with the murder, manslaughter or otherwise in relation to the death of women in Australia in 2016 were male. Where perpetrators were identified, 94% of women were killed by male perpetrators (91%) or male and female perpetrators. Only 6% of women’s deaths were caused by women acting alone.

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in a Australia is jointly undertaken by Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia.

We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will neither publish posts nor comments which do this.

Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.

If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at wimms@womenshoutoutaustralia.com or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.

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Man Murders Woman 2017 – 8 January 2017

  In Memory Man Murders Woman 2016

A second man has been charged in relation to the death of a woman in Australia in 2017.
Ben Ivanoff, a 77 year old man, has been charged with the murder of his 74 year old wife Leonne Ivanoff.
It is alleged that on 8 January 2017, Ben stabbed his wife in neck following an argument at their NSW Umina Beach home in which she apparently laughed at his allegation that she was having an affair.
The police are reported to have said that there was no history of violence in the 55 year relationship but that it had more recently broken down in response to the victim’s “bickering and nagging”.
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These are allegations about the victim’s behaviour which she is not able to dispute, and which would not justify her murder even if they were correct. That a victim’s behaviour, rather than the alleged murderer’s, is under scrutiny illustrates how male violence against women is still perceived, reported and justified.
Ben will apparently not be eligible for Legal Aid in future, based on his diagnosis of dementia.
Our deepest condolences go to Leonne’s family and friends.

Background:

 The summary of women killed in 2016 listed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here, with the 2017 summary listed here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on these pages where we are aware of them.

At the end of 2016, approximately 92% of the perpetrators charged with the murder, manslaughter or otherwise in relation to the death of women in Australia in 2016 were male. Where perpetrators were identified, 94% of women were killed by male perpetrators (91%) or male and female perpetrators. Only 6% of women’s deaths were caused by women acting alone.

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in a Australia is jointly undertaken by Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia.

We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will neither publish posts nor comments which do this.

Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.

If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at wimms@womenshoutoutaustralia.com or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.

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Male Violence – Masking the Agent

 

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This is the speech given by Caitlin Roper, Campaigns Manager at Collective Shout, at the 2016 Reclaim the Night rally in Perth.

 

A domestic violence worker is found shot to death in her home in Victoria. A 21-year-old woman is stabbed 80 times after breaking up with her boyfriend. A Doubleview father douses his three young children in petrol and sets them alight. A five-year-old girl is sexually abused by an older family friend. A man walks into a school, movie theatre, or a crowded street, and starts shooting.

What do all of these seemingly isolated incidents have in common?

They are all examples of male violence.

Of course we rarely identify them as such. We use more neutral, watered down terms such as ‘domestic violence’, ‘family violence’, ‘violence against women’, ‘intimate partner violence’ or ‘gender-based violence’- all of which conveniently fail to recognize and name the perpetrators, without which these crimes would not exist.

Male violence can take many forms. It may be manifested in battering, rape, sexual abuse, stalking, psychological abuse, threats and murder. It can be the exploitation of women in the sex trade. It can be violence against women, children or other men. Male violence against women is at epidemic levels, with police responding to so-called domestic violence call outs every two minutes, with victims being turned away from under-funded refuges and victim services, calls for help going unanswered, and an estimated 55 women killed by male violence in Australia so far this year.   

It is everyday terrorism against women, but it is not recognized as such because the targets are women, and the perpetrators are the very people who claim to love us. While many of us have been directly harmed by male violence, the threat alone is enough to keep women as a class in a state of fear, controlled, pliable.

Yet when reporting on male violence, mainstream media neglects to call it what it is, with headlines often stating the sex of the victim while downplaying the sex of the perpetrator, if even mentioning him at all. A few examples illustrate how this is done:

In Sunshine, Queensland, a man stabbed his pregnant female partner to death after she left him. The newspaper reported, “Woman stabbed to death in sunshine”.

A man beat his female partner to death with a brick. The headline read, “Woman killed after brutal brick attack”.

A young man breached a restraining order and stabbed his girlfriend. The paper reported this as “Teenagers in domestic violence attack”.

A man attempted to rape a woman in her home, where her four-year-old child was present. He then beat her to death. The headline read, “Guilty plea to murder on parole”.

This kind of reporting is not unique to Australia. A young man in the US stabbed a young woman in the face, neck and chest at their school after she declined his invitation to the prom. The newspaper said “Connecticut high school girl killed in apparent prom dispute”.

Note how the focus is entirely on the victim and the actions of the victim- much like the discourse on physical and sexual violence on a wider level. The perpetrator tends to be an afterthought in these articles, a few paragraphs in with maybe a sentence or two about a man who was arrested or charged, and often no mention of any relationship between the perpetrator and the woman he murdered. When the media use deliberately passive language, the gendered nature of men’s violence against women is softened or made non-existent.

When men are identified as perpetrators of violence, we go to great lengths to justify and explain these acts. He was really a good guy, we hear, a loving father, he snapped, he’d been through a bitter divorce, he was mentally ill, it was an accident, he thought she was a burglar.

Karen Ingala Smith, of Counting Dead Women, had this to say:

“It is self evident that each woman killed by a man is a unique individual, as is each man that makes the choice to kill her. The circumstances around each killing are never identical. But that doesn’t make them isolated incidents. By refusing to see a pattern we are refusing to see the myriad connections between incidents of men’s fatal violence against women; and by refusing to see the connections we are closing our eyes to the commonalities in the causes.

What sort of a message would it send, if, when a man killed a woman, police didn’t refer to it as an isolated incident but yet another example of femicide? Yet another example of men’s fatal violence against women. Maybe then, naming male violence, misogyny, sex inequality, dangerous rules of gender and patriarchy wouldn’t be restricted to feminists and would become part of a wider understanding. Maybe then, there would be sufficient motivation to do something about ending men’s fatal violence against women.”

In a world that expects silent compliance from women, speaking openly about male violence can be a revolutionary act, one that is met with hostility from men.

Through the course of my feminist activism, myself and my colleagues have been attacked and threatened online by men. This is not uncommon, and many, many women have similar stories about being punished for daring to express an opinion, particularly an unpopular opinion, especially for holding men accountable for their abusive and violent treatment of women.

At one time I was targeted for participating in a campaign against a well-known athlete who had been convicted for raping a teenage girl. I was inundated with vile abuse and threats of rape, and my Twitter profile was copied and used to pimp me out and offer sexual acts to strange men on the Internet, with my name and photo attached. I compiled screenshots of the incident and tweeted them with the words “This is how far some men will go to silence women”.

One guess for how the men of Twitter felt about that statement…

In the dialogue that followed, I was reminded of course, ‘not all men’, how I was making unfair generalisations, that it wasn’t about my gender. It became apparent to me that these men were less concerned about what had been done to me, the rape threats, the police involvement and the psychological toll, and more concerned about their own hurt feelings. The issue was no longer about male violence, but women making men uncomfortable. They want us to be more polite as we speak about men abusing and battering women. What I found the most telling through this experience was not the rape threats, or being pimped out against my will, but the way that men responded to my speaking about it.

I am tired of being polite. I am sick of trying to convince men of women’s basic humanity. I am tired of asking men nicely to stop raping and killing us.

I conclude my remarks now with one of my favourite quotes from Andrea Dworkin:

“We have been asked by many people to accept that women are making progress, because one sees our presence in these places where we weren’t before. And those of us who are berated for being radicals have been saying:

‘That is not the way we measure progress. We count the number of rapes. We count the women who are being battered. We keep track of the children who are being raped by their fathers. We count the dead. And when those numbers start to change in a way that is meaningful, we will then talk to you about whether or not we can measure progress.'”

 


Join us on 27 October 2017, the last Friday in October, to say no to male violence against women and girls.

If you have any questions, please contact us via our facebook page or at ReclaimTheNightPerth@gmail.com.

 

Man Murders Woman 2017 – 1 January 2017

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The first man has been charged in relation to the death of a woman in Australia in 2017.
27 year old Teakura Tapaki has been charged with dangerous driving causing death and unlicensed driving.
It is alleged that in the early hours of January 1 2017, he argued with his mother Amelie Ura Tapaki (also named as Amelie Tapu), 64. Following the argument he allegedly hit her with a car he was driving before fleeing the scene.
Amelie was taken to Cairns hospital but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Police opposed Teakura’s bail application citing risks to his family, advising the court that he was on bail for “a large number of serious, driving and domestic violence charges” at the time of his mother’s death.

We extend our deepest condolences to Amelie’s friends and family.

 

Background:

 The summary of women killed in 2016 listed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here, with the 2017 summary listed here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on these pages where we are aware of them.

At the end of 2016, approximately 92% of the perpetrators charged with the murder, manslaughter or otherwise in relation to the death of women in Australia in 2016 were male. Where perpetrators were identified, 94% of women were killed by male perpetrators (91%) or male and female perpetrators. Only 6% of women’s deaths were caused by women acting alone.

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in a Australia is jointly undertaken by Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia.

We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will neither publish posts nor comments which do this.

Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.

If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at wimms@womenshoutoutaustralia.com or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.

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#65 – Man Murders Woman 2016

  In Memory Man Murders Woman 2016

We are sad and angry to report the death of the 65th woman from known or presumed male violence.
On 20th December 2016, man in his 40s allegedly stabbed a 33 year old woman, reportedly his former partner, while in mediation in the Joondalup Courthouse, in Perth’s northern suburbs.
Unarmed police officers who were present on unrelated matters arrested the Quinns Rocks man who has since been charged with murder.
Mediation is a mandatory element of family court processes, unless an exemption is granted by the court.

While Perth’s CBD court has airport style security measures, suburban courts are reportedly only staffed with security guards.

 

Background:

The summary of women killed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on this page.

At the time of posting, 92% of the alleged killers of women in Australia in 2016 were male (71 of the total 77 alleged perpetrators), with 13 missing or dead women on the watch list. 94% of women were killed, where known, by male perpetrators (or male and female perpetrators).

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in a Australia is jointly undertaken by Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia.

We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will neither publish posts nor comments which do this.

Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.

If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at wimms@womenshoutoutaustralia.com or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.

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