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More Qld women wanting to flee abuse

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016

Calls to a domestic violence hotline from women wanting to urgently flee their abusive partners have risen substantially in the year since the brutal deaths of two mothers.

Tara Brown, 24, was bashed to death and Karina Lock shot dead in alleged domestic violence attacks within a week in September last year.

Immediately afterwards calls to DV Connect doubled to 400 a day, with some callers reporting they had been threatened with copycat violence.

Chief executive Di Mangan said the volume of calls had remained constant since then, with those from women seeking to immediately leave abusive relationships rising markedly.

"The number of women wanting to leave urgently has risen by 12 per cent in the last 12 months," she told AAP.

"Before that a lot of women were wanting to get out but couldn't at the time ... they were looking for strategies to get out.

"We cannot underestimate the impact of those two public deaths on the thinking in that domestic violence world."

Ms Mangan also said the hotline had received a number of calls from women who had nearly died after being strangled by their partners.

Police statistics show 239 people have been charged with a non-fatal choking, strangulation and suffocation in a domestic relationship in the six months since the actions became a stand-alone offence in Queensland.

Ms Mangan said she was pleased so many charges had been laid given her hotline had daily calls about cases involving strangulation.

"It is incredible how close some of those women have come to death," she said.

"This is why to the sector it is very important to have this legislation sitting by itself."

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

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