There is a diabolical lack of awareness of how extreme violence against women is engrained in Australian culture, and only we as a society can change that. A woman in Australia is more likely to be killed in her own home by her male partner than anyone else or by anyone else. Violence against women is not something that is specific to an age group, culture, social class or geographical location. It affects all cross sections of society, and remains one of the most silenced problems in the community.
When I speak with people about The Bird Girls project, they are horrified at the number of women killed to date (73) while I am shocked at the lack of publicity around this figure. Our undeniable history of silencing women continues – in the media, with our politicians, in our day to day conversations.