Articles by Gwen Walker

At what point do we arm the victims?

Earlier this week a woman named Teresa Bradford was stabbed to death by her husband. Commenting on the crime scene, Detective Inspector Mark Thompson of the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch seemed to reassure the public when he said: “There doesn’t appear to be any firearms or weapons of that nature to have been involved in this offence”. Well, that’s a relief. How would the situation have unfolded if Mrs. Bradford would have been armed?

If abused individuals are lucky enough to have protective people around them, much can be done. It wasn’t that long ago that a problem individual like Mr. Bradford was dealt with in a less bureaucratic way. Mrs. Bradford was clearly afraid for herself and her children. She spoke to friends and neighbours and confessed that she feared her husband was going to kill her. But our communities aren’t what they used to be. Nowadays, … Read the rest