Request for Victorian coroner to investigate all aspects of Courtney Herrons death

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We as members of the public request that the Victorian coroner conduct a full inquest into the death of Courtney Herron including all factors which may have contributed to her death and to then provide recommendations on addressing those factors to minimise or eliminate similar deaths as the normal investigation into the death may not cover the following issues as part of the investigation.

Specifically:

-Courtney is believed  to have requested help with housing and had no place to stay at the time of her death. Did the housing process contribute to her death, if so what can be done to ensure this doesn't happen again.

-Courtney is believed  to have requested help with addiction, was delay in accessing help a contributing factor to her death and what can be done to ensure it doesn't happen again?

- The person  accused of killing Courtney had multiple assessments conducted by mental health services in the years prior due to what's been described as psychotic episodes and increasing aggression over time. Was the accused risk assessments conducted by mental health services done correctly? Does the assessment criteria for involuntary treatment need to be changed and does the mental health system have the ability to effectively assist people? If not what needs to be done to ensure people do get treatment for things that the community itself may not be able to help with and to prevent further deaths.

- The person accused of the murder of Courtney has had multiple interactions with the police  in the years prior to her death. Is there anything which could have been done by police to prevent his behavior from escalating and what can be done in the future to detect and prevent escalation of behaviors which can lead to deaths.

-Statistically  women are at greater risk of lethal violence towards them regardless if it's in a public or private setting or if the attacker is known to them or not, it can be described as social attitudes towards women in particular.  Is this a contributing factor to Courtneys death and what should be done to change attitudes in society in relation to violence which can lead to deaths.

We also request that the coroner investigate any other contributing factor to the death of Courtney Herron.

 


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