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‘Our angels have a voice’: Hannah’s parents welcome reforms

An emotional Sue and Lloyd Clarke fronted media after watching the announcement of a $363 million domestic and family violence reform package in Parliament on Tuesday.Asked if the proposed law changes would have saved Hannah and her children – Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey – Ms Clarke said: “I’d like to think so.”“People would have believed her, validated what she said,” Ms Clarke said, saying she believed Hannah was “very lucky” in her dealings with police.“She had a wonderful policewoman that she dealt with who believed her and helped her understand what she was going through,” she said.“She (Hannah) didn’t understand, so we’ve been very lucky like that, but they still need a lot of education to help.”Lloyd Clarke said the package was “a good start” to much needed law reform on coercive control, and would finally “give their four angels a voice.”He highlighted the importance of educating young people on healthy relationships and the need for additional funding for Queensland’s under-resourced police force.“We’re so grateful that they’re actually going to make coercive control law, it’s something we’ve been pushing for,” he said.“We’re so happy that they’re also putting money into education for kids who need to know what a better relationship is like, a healthy relationship, and also to the police force. “Hopefully it will make things a lot better and a lot stronger for the police.”The Clarke’s were joined by Vanessa Fowler Co-Chair the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council and sister to Allison Baden-Clay, who called the “historic” package a “major step forward for us as a society.”“There was much emotion in the gallery when the premier made the announcement about coercive control,” Ms Fowler said.“I certainly think it is a historic moment. I think that over the last 10 years since Alison’s death, we really have come a long way and that people now recognise that domestic violence is not just physical.“The package will go a long way to help a lot of those frontline services who are here today that have been, you know, screaming out for support for community housing and support on the front line.”But Mr Clarke said Hannah’s family wouldn’t rest until the laws were in place, with the coercive control Bill targeted to be introduced to parliament by 2023.“We’ll be a lot happier once that’s done,” he said.Download the Courier Mail app

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