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Flower power: Red Rose Foundation activists take to the streets of Frankston to highlight law changes needed to protect domestic violence victims. Pic: Supplied

AN ORGANISATION that wants the law in Victoria changed to protect victims of domestic violence gathered in Frankston this month to spread its message.

Red Rose Foundation members held up signs on Young Street on Wednesday 15 August highlighting the plight of women attacked by husbands and partners.

The Queensland based group, headed by CEO Betty Taylor, says a previous strangulation attempt is a danger sign that a woman may subsequently be murdered by a partner.

The Red Rose Foundation is pushing for laws to recognise strangulation as a specific offence with its own strict penalties to better protect women at risk from further violence and possibly death.

Foundation board director Shirley Slann said the campaign has been successful in Queensland and the organisation wants Victoria to consider harsher penalties for “non-lethal” strangulation.

“If you look at all the homicides of women who have died the majority of them have had strangulation previously used against them,” she said.

“The impact of family violence and homicides is happening nationally.”

First published in the Frankston Times – 27 August 2018

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