Homicide detectives investigate possible link to domestic violence in fatal Ayr house fire

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a suspected house fire in northern Queensland has claimed the life of a woman. Most important points: Police believe the fire that killed a 47-year-old woman was deliberately lit Detectives have yet to speak to her seriously injured partner The Ethical Standards Command assesses the couple’s interaction with … Read more

I don’t want my hatred to be exposed at my husband’s funeral

DEAR ABBY: We are a couple, married 46 years. If my husband dies first, I’m not sure how to handle any services for him. He has narcissistic personality disorder and over the course of our marriage he has made my life hell. I have come to despise him. I must respect his children and friends. … Read more

Mandeep Kaur, Indian woman who died by suicide in US, ‘endured torture for her daughters’, family says

Mandeep Kaur’s mother and sister at their home in the Bijnor neighborhood of UP. Bijnor, U.P.: “Her husband tortured her for years and demanded a son. But she said she wouldn’t leave him because she couldn’t raise her two daughters. We understood,” said the father of Mandeep Kaur, a 30-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh who … Read more

Family and domestic violence is the ‘wicked social problem’ that a university education aims to tackle

Grace* didn’t know, or may not want to admit, that she was in an abusive relationship until her husband became physically abusive. Most important points: Fear and lack of money cause many women to leave violent men A university education trains those who work in the field Experts say attitudes to domestic violence need to … Read more

Kara Childerhouse: Michael Lichaa cleared of domestic violence

An NRL star nearly died after losing 2.5 liters of blood when he cut himself while smashing a window after he caught his fiancé performing a sex act on his teammate, a court has heard. Ex-Sharks and Bulldogs hooker Michael Lichaa, 29, was acquitted of domestic violence on Friday after his former fiancée Kara Childerhouse … Read more

Assistant Commissioner Talks About ‘Major’ Cultural Issues Within Queensland Police That Affect Response To Domestic Violence

There are “significant” cultural issues within the Queensland Police Force (QPS) that affect how officers respond to domestic violence, the state’s senior officer in charge of domestic violence investigations has told an investigation. Most important points: Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd says most of the police’s criticism of cultural issues is “undisputed” He told the study … Read more

Hilltop residents Jonathan Christopher Kolster and Benjamin James Kolster convicted of conduct at Mittagong RSL

Two young brothers have been convicted of inappropriate drunken behavior, including beheading a dead duck outside an RSL in the Southern Highlands. Jonathan Christopher Kolster, 24, and Benjamin James Kolster, 27, appeared in Moss Vale Local Court on Tuesday for behaving in an offensive manner in a public place, to which they both pleaded guilty. … Read more

Sydney agent Joshua Wootton hit with new charges

A Sydney police officer charged with rape has been charged with assault and stalking. Agent Joshua Wootton was not required to appear before the local Downing Center court on Wednesday after police filed 11 new charges against him. The 31-year-old was initially charged in June on nine charges involving two women. The charges included two … Read more

Garma Festival: Yolgnu leaders call for action against inequality

The end of the Intervention must not be answered in silence, say Yolgnu leaders, who are calling for substantive action against indigenous inequality in the Northern Territory. Speaking at the Garma Festival, Elder and NT MP Yingiya Guyula called for immediate and proactive action to address the damage of the intervention to resolve the “crisis” … Read more

The homicide-suicide of Connecticut’s mother, Sonia Loja, leaves Danbury community shocked

A mother who sent her children to the Connecticut daycare center of a woman accused of murdering her own children before committing suicide said Thursday she was shocked by the triple homicide suicide. The woman attended a vigil for the murdered family outside their Danbury home Thursday night and refused to believe that Sonia Loja, … Read more