The woman believed to have been killed by her own father had written a chilling poem about domestic violence before her death.
Peter Miles, 61, is suspected of shooting dead his daughter Katrina Miles alongside her four children and his wife Cynda at a property near Margaret River, WA, last week.
Her children, Taye, 13, Rylan, 12, Ayre, 10, and Kayden, eight, found in bed with gunshot wounds, were all on the autism spectrum.
Mr Miles was also found dead at the property.
As the community mourns the family’s death, domestic violence support group The Red Heart Campaign shared a heartbreaking poem Ms Miles wrote about domestic violence in 2014 from the perspective of her and her children.
Titled, ‘I’m battered not broken’, Ms Miles talked about her hope for salvation and the shrieks of her children.
“The echo of my shouts, the thump of my dignity slammed against a wall,” she wrote.
She goes on to talk about hearing the creak of a door and sound of a petrol ute “stiffens our shoulders”.
“Paste those fake smiles, quick hurry quick hurry quick hurry,” she wrote.
“Shh shh child.
“Please please please be good.
“Be calm, be still.
“Make it easy.”
Ms Miles used the poem to speak of her shame and how she could not protect her family “from open-handed fists, from cruel, persistent words”.
She spoke of the need to obey, despite her hating that word, and expressed her want to break free.
“There is no freedom for me,” she said.
“I stare, I stare, I stare.
“I fear I am lost. But my children my children my children.”
She said she constantly left and returned home and saving her children was most important to her.
“I look in the young eyes that still love me,” she wrote.
“I ask myself, so ashamed, how can my children still love me.
“I stayed so long, so long.”
She said she asked God to save her and her children.
The Red Heart Campaign’s founder Sherele Moody told news.com.au the shooting needed to be remembered as a domestic violence incident.
“I hope her death will be something that will tun the light on domestic violence in Australia,” she said.
Anybody experiencing domestic violence are urged to call the police or national hotline 1800 RESPECT.