In February last year, Hannah Clarke’s estranged husband Rowan Baxter doused her car in petrol and set it alight killing her and their three children – Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey.
He then took his own life.
The brutal murder stunned the nation and thrust Australia’s domestic violence problem into the global spotlight.
Now Hannah’s grieving parents have given a rare interview, which you can watch above, about the deaths, in order to push for new laws to prevent other families from enduring the same pain.
“It’s just as hard now, if not harder … you realise they’re not coming home,” Hannah’s mum, Suzanne Clarke told Sunrise.
“It gets harder each month really,” her father, Lloyd added.
The devastated couple is calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to work with state governments to implement national laws against ‘coercive control,’ which presents in 99 per cent of domestic violence murders.
This would follow laws criminalising coercive control in England and Wales introduced in 2015 and Scotland and Ireland which followed in 2019.
“Coercive control is a pattern of controlling acts that the perpetrator puts on their partner,” Lloyd explained.
He said “red flags” included monitoring their partner’s activity, isolation, manipulation, controlling money, making threats and more.
“They could stalk their phones, go through their handbags, they’ll go through their telephones, check who they’re talking to, check where they go through the day, who their friends are, check their social media,” Suzanne added.
“With this, they get a control over their partner, which makes it so much harder for the partner to leave them and get away.”
Suzanne said perpetrators “must be in control” and often believe that their victims are “their property.”
“They control everything of your life if they can, even down to what you wear.”
“I do think some men do it without realising.”
Suzanne has joined Sunrise star Edwina Bartholomew, Nithya Reddy, sister of murdered Sydney dentist Preethi Reddy, model Tania Gacic, actor Danielle McCormack and others for a new campaign which calls on all Aussies to get behind the push to criminalise coercive control.
“We hope that by getting the word out there about coercive control that people can see what it is and learn about it and hopefully if someone is doing that, be it male or female, they can change their ways,” Suzanne said.
“Our goal at the moment is to lobby the government to try and make a law to bring this into power and also to educate the community so they know what to look for.”
Rather than sympathy, the grieving mum is asking for just one thing from the Australian public.
“Can I just ask everyone to get onto coercivecontrol.com.au to sign the petition for us please.”