Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Rescue services were called to a Huntingdon Avenue property in Bayswater North on Saturday night, where she and her former partner were found with life-threatening injuries.

Victoria Police said Mrs Darragh died at the home while her former partner was taken to hospital in a critical condition where he is still under police guard.

Victoria Police are investigating the young mother's death.

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The exact circumstances of the incident are being investigated by the homicide squad and police said they are not looking for others in relation to her death.

Neighbor Trent Falahey told reporters at the scene Sunday that the couple was “a young standard couple with two children living in the suburbs”.

It is understood that they were recently divorced after five years together.

“Our condolences go to Michelle’s family during this deeply traumatic time. We must never lose sight of the fact that domestic violence is never acceptable,” the Australian Association of Social Workers, National President Vittorio Cintio, wrote on social media.

Darragh is the 41st woman reportedly killed in domestic violence in Australia this year, according to the Red Heart campaign, which “tracks all known Australian women and children killed as a result of homicide, manslaughter or neglect”.

Earlier this month, another pregnant woman, Janet Dweh, a 36-year-old Liberian refugee, was found dead inside her home in the northern suburbs of Perth.

West Australian police said there were no signs of forced entry into the house.

Perth's mother Janet Dweh was heavily pregnant when she was allegedly murdered.

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“We do not believe it is a random person who committed this offense. We believe it is likely someone who is known to Janet,” assassin investigator Rod Wilde told reporters.

The growing number of deaths involving women and children must be addressed as soon as possible, said the Melbourne campaign against violence, Tarang Chawla, whose sister Nikita was murdered by her husband in 2015.

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“I’m sorry for Michael’s death, but not shocked,” Chawla told SBS News.

“Pregnancy is a risk factor for women experiencing violence. We also know that separation is one of the most dangerous times for a woman.”

Tarang Chawla (right) with her sister Nikita, who was murdered by her husband in 2015.

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Chawla called for clear leadership on the issue at the national level.

“Not enough is being done to promote gender equality, improve women’s health outcomes and provide appropriate support for women in abusive relationships,” he said.

“There is also a reluctance to address the question of what it is – men’s choice to use violence.”

Across Australia, many states and territories have reported large increases in the number of domestic violence during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The calls are intensified for immediate action to protect women from violence.

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Rita Butera, CEO of Safe Steps Home Crisis Support in Melbourne, said the service saw a 40 per cent jump in calls for help this year.

And she expects it to rise as restrictions begin to ease.

“We would like to believe that the lift will allow people to more easily seek help from friends or family or others where there may currently be barriers due to lockdown,” she said.

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Ms Butera called on state and federal governments to direct more funding to support domestic violence.

“We do not know the details of Michelle’s situation, but it is a terrible tragedy and loss – our hearts sink every time we hear news like this.”

“It’s really hard for us as a society to keep seeing this happen, and one of the issues is around financial security and income security, which is really important for women to seek security.”

Ms Butera said affordable housing opportunities for women and children fleeing domestic violence would also have a positive impact.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic and domestic violence or sexual abuse, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit In an emergency, call 000.

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