Woman found dead, man arrested at unit

Two men are facing drug charges after the body of a woman was found in a Sydney unit.

Two men are facing drug charges after the body of a woman was found in a Sydney unit. Photo: AAP

A man has been arrested after the death of a young woman in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

The 32-year-old man had an outstanding warrant and was arrested at a unit on Hardy Street at North Bondi, where a woman, believed to be aged 19, was found dead on Tuesday morning, NSW Police said.

A crime scene has been set up as the circumstances are investigated.

Police sources have told the ABC the pair were in a relationship and lived together at the flat. The man has not been charged.

The cause of the woman’s cause of death is yet to be determined. She is also yet to be formally identified.

Tuesday’s fatality comes as Lifeline Australia said demand had spiked to an all-time high as high-profile deaths of women and calls for action on domestic violence brought emotions to the fore.

The crisis support service received 4371 calls, messages and webchats last Sunday – its busiest day on record and 20 per cent above the yearly average.

It follows the targeted murder of five women at a Bondi Junction shopping centre and a series of brutal domestic violence homicides across the country in recent weeks.

They include the stabbing death of a 10-year-old girl at Booraloo, south-west of Newcastle, on Monday. Her 17-year-old sister has been charged with her murder.

Analysis of the types of matters received on Sunday was not available.

But Lifeline domestic violence sector manager Angela Lynch said there could be a link between the wall-to-wall media coverage of domestic violence and sexual violence.

“More in the community are hurting and for those who are or have been directly impacted by either domestic violence or sexual violence, those conversations can land in a very different and very personal way,” she said on Tuesday.

“They could have general feelings of anxiety or being unsafe and it can bring up personal issues of what they lived through and the injustice perhaps of what they’ve encountered.”

Rising living costs and the national housing crisis had compounded stresses on the community, Lifeline said.

Demand on Monday fell, although it remained above this year’s daily average of about 3750 calls, messages and webchats.

Lynch, also a lawyer and high-profile advocate for sexual and family violence prevention, said the spike did not mean the public should shy away from discussing the issue.

“It’s actually very positive that our community is engaging in this,” she said.

“We have to confront them otherwise they will not be dealt with.

“But at the same time, it’s important to also realise it (media coverage and public debate) does have impacts on our community – these figures are evidence of those results.”

PM speaks on domestic violence crisis

Source: Anthony Albanese

Following weekend rallies across the nation calling for more action, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will meet state and territory leaders at a virtual national cabinet on Wednesday to discuss preventative measures for violence against women.

The family and sexual violence commissioner has been invited to make a presentation at the specially convened cabinet.

Data out on Tuesday also showed the rate of domestic homicides rose sharply in the year to June 2023, in contrast to acquaintance and stranger homicides.

Women killed by an intimate partner increased by 28 per cent, the Australian Institute of Criminology’s National Homicide Monitoring Program found.

1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732

Lifeline 131 114

National Sexual Abuse and Redress Support Service 1800 211 028

-with AAP

Topics: Crime, NSW
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