Four Corners - A Matter of Life and Death
How authorities are failing to protect women and children in mortal danger, and failing to prevent their partners' homicidal rage. One woman at deadly risk was virtually abandoned to her fate by authorities, who repeatedly failed or refused to act on her pleas for help. Why was so little done by police, prisons, parole services, the courts and child protection departments to stop her predictable, brutal murder? Another woman overlooked by authorities ultimately died in front of her two small children at the hands of her drunken former partner - he received just a short prison term for the crime. Each year over 130 Australians, mostly women, are murdered by the people closest to them. Governments claim they are doing everything to stop violence in the home. Reporter Quentin McDermott tells the story of women targeted by violent men and let down by the systems meant to protect them.
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