A Victorian coroner wants family violence investigators to look into the suicide deaths of migrant women in Melbourne's north.
Six women from South Asia are suspected to have taken their own lives in the City of Whittlesea between 2018 and 2019. They cannot be identified for legal reasons.
A coroner investigating four of the deaths, each confirmed to be by suicide, has recommended an investigation by Victoria Police's family violence unit.
Family violence allegations had been made in respect to two of the four women. But coroner Audrey Jamieson didn't have evidence to say it caused their deaths.
The pattern of deaths was first recognised by a local police officer who brought it to his superiors' attention.
Three of the women who died were stressed about their respective financial situations and one had a history of mental health issues.
Financial control, social isolation, dowry demands, the stigma of divorce were common issues for South Asian women in Australia, the inquest was told.
In her findings released on Monday, Ms Jamieson urged the Department of Health and Human Services to make it easier for South Asian women in the Whittlesea area to access support.
Whittlesea Community Legal Service said it had written to the department's secretary demanding urgent change.
"It's about mothers. It's about despair. It's about kids left behind and the need for hope," principal solicitor Chris Howse said.
"With the help of the Secretary, we can bring help to mums to resist the despair that brought on these suicides, so families in Whittlesea avoid tragedy and irreparable loss."
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