Demand Detective Inspector Mark Thompson Be Stood Down Pending A Full Inquiry

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On Wednesday, Hannah Clarke and her three beautiful children Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey were senselessly murdered by a man who should have loved and protected them. Hannah and her estranged husband's relationship had recently broken down and he decided to commit the ultimate act of unspeakable cruelty, by annihilating his whole family.

Yesterday, Det. Inspector Mark Thompson, during a press conference, made the following statement: 

"Is this an issue of a woman suffering significant domestic violence and her and her children perishing at the hands of the husband, or is it an instance of a husband being driven too far by issues he's suffered by certain circumstances into committing acts of this form?"

This sort of discourse surrounding domestic violence is not only damaging, it is simply and completely untrue and to have an authority figure make such a statement publicly is, at the very least, damaging and misleading. There is NEVER an excuse for domestic violence. A partner leaving is not an excuse. The family court is not an excuse. Mental health, grief and anger are not excuses. No amount of mitigating circumstances could ever justify what has happened to Hannah and her children, nor any other victim of DV before them.

I am calling for Det. Inspector Mark Thompson to be stood down pending a full inquiry surrounding his comments. His absolute lack of understanding, insight and downright ignorance surrounding DV should be addressed as a matter of urgency. He should not have a position of such power with this type of attitude towards an issue that is so prevalent within our society and one that Police deal with every day.