Ombudsman addresses domestic violence fatalities

Ombudsman Western Australia

Domestic violence fatalities were the subject of a speech by the Western Australian Ombudsman, Chris Field, at a recent international conference in Perth.

The role of the Ombudsman in reviewing child deaths and family violence fatalities was delivered at the Asia Pacific Coroners Society Annual Conference.

The presentation covered:
• an overview of the role of the Western Australian Ombudsman in fatality reviews
• issues regarding the administration of state government agencies’ responsibilities
• recommendations to prevent or reduce child deaths and family and domestic violence fatalities
• own motion investigations
• the relationship of Western Australian Ombudsman fatality reviews with critical stakeholders.

The four-day conference on the theme Pathways to Prevention was attended by members of the Asia Pacific Coroners Society.
The conference explored the many pathways to death prevention, including the prevention of deaths associated with suicide, family and domestic violence, mental health issues, drugs and alcohol.

The speech is available on the Ombudsman's website.