After Gold Coast mother Teresa Bradford was violently attacked by her husband late last year, she feared he would come for her again.
On Tuesday - just over two weeks after being granted bail despite police pleas to keep him locked up - David Bradford did exactly that.
He stabbed his estranged wife to death at the family's Pimpama home, killed himself and orphaned their four children, who were at home at the time of the attack.
Mrs Bradford's fears were well known to those close to her.
She had confided in her friend, during their carpool trips to Griffith University on the Gold Coast where both were studying nursing.
"When it happened she told me about what he did. Those horrible things that happened to her," the friend, who asked not to be named, told AAP on Wednesday.
"I told her not to contact him anymore. I knew he was a very dangerous man."
The attack in November was extremely violent.
Bradford was charged with choking and savagely bashing his wife and was remanded in custody.
Two weeks ago - having spent 44 days locked up - a magistrate at a specialist domestic violence court being trialled in Queensland decided to grant him bail on conditions including that he stay away from his wife.
"They reach out for help, and we fail them," says anti-violence campaigner Rosie Batty, who suffered years of violence at the hands of her husband before he bashed their son, Luke, to death on a Victorian cricket oval in 2014.
Ms Batty says much more needs to be done to educate magistrates and judges about one of the most dangerous periods for victims fleeing family violence, and that's after they've reached out for legal help.
"It escalates - it always does - the danger that they're in," she says.
"And this is what people do not understand. That's the time when a woman is at her most vulnerable and in danger of significant harm.
"They've started to take matters into their own hands, and it changes the power dynamics (in abusive relationships)."
Ms Batty says some magistrates and judges have a more sophisticated understanding of family violence than others.
But she believes far more needs to be done to educate legal minds about this danger zone for victims.
"We must make sure that our magistrates, our judges - in making decisions like this - understand the escalation of violence, and that without intervention it can end in fatalities," she says.
"We've had enormous cultural change in the way police services handle domestic violence, across every state, we must insist on the same, evolving response through our judicial system. It's not happening fast enough."
Mrs Bradford's friend is still struggling to comprehend that she is gone, and that despite the savage November attack, her husband granted bail.
"She was scared, and scared for her kids because of what he had done," the nursing student said.
"I didn't expect they would let him out after what he did. They knew he was a threat to everybody. Why did they let him out? The system has failed her."