Sydney Woman Plunged from Cliff with Son: Victim of Domestic Violence?


A young Sydney mother took her young son and committed suicide on Thursday night; jumping off a cliff at Maroubra.  Later, a Facebook post revealed that she was a victim of domestic violence and took the extreme step after being unable to bear the stress.

“This will come as a shock to most people because I’m always happy and smiling,” Riley wrote in her FB message before taking her life.

“It’s funny that you can hide behind a smile,” the young mother added.

Police recovered the bodies of 25-year-old Jasmine Mossman-Riley and her son, Braxon after the emergency services searched the water near a cliff facing Marine Parade at Maroubra, reports 9 News.

Surf lifesavers and rescue helicopters also joined the search to track down the Sydney mother and son.  Riley’s car was discovered near the cliff.

Police said the deaths were not looking suspicious. But an investigation has been started to examine the woman’s life and circumstances that drove her to death.

Meanwhile, the issue of domestic violence in Australia is attracting many international scholars. Hillary Haldane, director of anthropology at Quinnipiac University in Fairfield received a Fulbright scholarship to study Australia’s national plan for ending domestic violence.

“Specifically, I will be focusing on the way local non-governmental and non-profit organizations in the state of Queensland implement the government’s plan to end domestic violence,” Haldane said.

Research has established that a strong link exists between the violence against women and the perception of gender roles associated with male and female.

It has been estimated that one in three women in Australia have faced physical violence while one in five underwent sexual violence.

In 2010, the Australian government launched a 12-year national plan to end domestic violence. It seeks to enhance the safety of women with additional steps in addressing the mental trauma faced by children who witness violence at home.

During her visit to Australia, Haldane will be spending more time at the Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research at the Queensland University, reports CT Post Chronicle.

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