AVO Out Against Man Who Allegedly Stabbed His Former Partner To Death
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller is calling for everyone to do their bit as another woman dies, allegedly at the hands of her ex-husband.
One person a week is murdered at the hands of their partner in Australia and on Tuesday a Tweed Heads woman became the most recent victim of domestic violence.
Her ex-husband Paul Ryan, 64, has been charged with stabbing her to death in an apartment near the New South Wales-Queensland border.
Police and paramedics tried to help the 63-year-old woman after they found her just before 7pm on Monday, but her injuries were to horrific and she died.
An apprehended violence order was taken out against Ryan but its conditions allowed the pair to live together in the Tweed Heads unit -- they'd previously been married for 37 years before separating.
Locals called police after hearing noises coming from the apartment.
"Just a lot of yelling and screaming it was a female voice... it was pretty distressing to hear it all," a neighbour, called Allan, told reporters.
When Ryan faced Tween Heads Court on Tuesday he didn't apply for bail and was ordered to remain behind bars until his next court appearance in January.
It comes as authorities meet for the inaugural Australasian Police Domestic Violence Forum in Sydney.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the police need the community's help. He's urging friends and neighbours to report disturbing behaviour to police if they hear or witness someone being abused.
"We know that it's under reported, we know it's still under reported. There's a great deal of venom in the community for those who break the law, yet in this space I've felt as though the perpetrators weren't held to account in the same way," Fuller said.
For the first time in two decades there's been a decline in triple zero calls to police from victims but the state's top cop said it's too early to tell whether it's a trend.
"There will always be more work to do in this space but doing it together we're a much better chance of changing community perceptions across Australia." he said.
Fuller said the forum is about sharing new ideas and improving safety not just on our streets but behind closed doors.
"That's people dying at the hands of someone who was meant to love them."