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The proud Arrernte woman has been remembered for her sense of humor and unwavering determination to reduce family, domestic and sexual violence

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this article contain a picture of a deceased person

A vigil was held for a prominent domestic violence activist who was allegedly murdered outside Alice Springs Hospital in January

As a symbol of their grief, branches of a nearby eucalyptus tree were carried by family and friends to sweep the path near where they had lost R Rubuntja

Ms. Rubuntja is believed to have been killed in what the Northern Territory police have labeled a domestic violence incident

The proud Arrernte woman has been remembered for her wicked sense of humor and unwavering determination to reduce family, domestic, and sexual violence

The 46-year-old was a founding member of Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group, known for its work helping women in the central desert

A friend of Ms. Rubuntja’s and another pioneer in the group spoke to mourners about how the tragic loss should lead others to make changes, reiterating that women are not just numbers

“We’re just sick of it, it’s burning in my stomach right now, I’ve just had enough, I’ve been in this job for six years and we all have to get together,” she exclaimed

“We always say we are not just numbers; We are human, we are not invisible women ”

The territory has the highest rate of victimization for domestic violence-related crimes in the country, with case numbers increasing by 23 percent in 2020

After Ms. Campbell herself lost three family members and was also a victim of domestic violence, she said what happened to her friend was “unacceptable”

“We need the truth out now to move forward, and the work it has done will continue to make a difference This will be part of their legacy

“On Monday we will march with fire in our belly and make our voices heard. The fact that women in our hospital are not even protected from violence is unacceptable”

The family thanked the women from the security group for their support during an extremely difficult time for the community

“The pain we feel about a life so suddenly lost in such tragic and violent circumstances the sadness, grief and loss we feel are indescribable, “said Maree Corbo, the group’s manager

“For policy makers, please remember to focus on the person After strategizing and funding the KPIs, implementing and planning on familial, domestic and sexual violence, there are real people with real life ”

Northern Territory Police allege 49-year-old Malcolm Abbott drove a vehicle to Ms. Rubuntja’s outside Alice Springs Hospital and died on the scene

Mr. Abbott has been charged with one homicide and three driving offenses and will appear in local Alice Springs court in April

If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT at 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECTorgau or call 000 in an emergency

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World News – AU – Family and friends watch as they mourn the loss of a prominent Alice Springs activist

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