Domestic violence in murder cases: report

Almost a quarter of men who killed their female partners between 2010 and 2014 were subject to the conditions of a domestic violence order at the time, a new report has revealed.

Commissioned by the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network, the study looked at the 152 Australian intimate partner homicides in which a history of domestic violence was uncovered.

Of the homicides, nearly 80 per cent involved a man killing his current or former female partner, with the vast majority of those men the primary domestic violence abuser before the homicide.

Network chairperson Heidi Ehrat said the report aims to contribute to the intervention and prevention of domestic violence situations.

"This report provides unique and previously unreported information about domestic violence homicide at a national level, including histories of violence leading up to the homicide," she said.

The data also revealed about one-third of the male killers targeted a former female partner, and nearly half of those homicides occurred within three months of the end of the relationship.

Of the women who killed their male partners, 82.1 per cent killed a man with whom they were in a current relationship.

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.