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Domestic violence in LIAC Crime Library

Paul Mulvihill was accused of murdering his former girlfriend Rachelle Yeo in her North Curl Curl unit on 16 July 2012.  

The couple had been in a relationship, which Yeo had ended.  However, in the ensuing months, Yeo, her family, and her employer, became increasingly concerned about the threat to Ms Yeo's safety from Mulvihill.  Ms Yeo had moved house, but Mulvilhill discovered her new address and turned up one evening. Concerned neighbours called the police after hearing screams for help.

A jury found Mulvihill guilty in March 2014 and he was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 29 years, with a non-parole period of 22 years commencing on 16 February 2013 (taking into account pre-sentence custody) and expiring on 15 February 2035, with the balance of the term of 7 years expiring on 15 February 2042. He will be first eligible for parole on 15 February 2035.

 
The couple had been in a relationship, which Yeo had ended.  However, in the ensuing months, Yeo, her family, and her employer, became increasingly concerned for her safety from Mulvihill and what he might do to her.  Despite moving house, Mulvilhill discovered her new address and turned up one evening. Concerned neighbours called the police after hearing her desperate screams for help.
 
We have added this case to the LIAC Crime Library – see R v Mulvihill.  You will also find the case about the murder of Lisa Harnum by her boyfriend Simon Gittany.  See R v Gittany.
 
Non-legal responses to the problem of domestic violence
 
·         Online petition on Change.org by Domestic Violence NSW, May 2014
·         White Ribbon - Australia's campaign to stop domestic violence against women 
·         “No excuse, a series of stories on domestic violence” on ABC News, 7pm, starting 6 May 2014 – see “Domestic violence of epidemic proportions a ‘national emergency’: campaign groups” by Juanita Phillips & Ursula Malone, ABC News, 6 May 2014

We have added this case to the LIAC Crime Library – see R v Mulvihill.  You will also find the case about the murder of Lisa Harnum by her boyfriend Simon Gittany.  See R v Gittany.

Non-legal responses and media responses to domestic violence

There have been many responses in the community and media to the problem of domestic violence as illustrated by this incident and many others that happen in which women die or are seriously injured by their partners.  See:

  • Online petition on Change.org by Domestic Violence NSW, May 2014
  •  White Ribbon - Australia's campaign to stop domestic violence against women 
  •  'No excuse, a series of stories on domestic violence' on ABC News, 7pm, starting 6 May 2014 – see 'Domestic violence of epidemic proportions a "national emergency": campaign groups' by Juanita Phillips & Ursula Malone, ABC News, 6 May 2014.

More about domestic violence

You can read more about domestic violence on the following research guides: