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Since mum was murdered: what's changed, and what needs to change more

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On the anniversary of his mother’s death, Arman Abrahimzadeh argues that a cultural shift is needed to reduce and eliminate domestic violence.

On every weekday and the occasional weekend, getting into work on North Terrace reminds me of the night I lost my mum, Zahra.

It was almost midnight on March 21, 2010, when I was called to rush to the Adelaide Convention Centre as my mum had been stabbed by my dad at the Persian New Year celebration.

Hours earlier, before my mum attended the event, I had been telling her that she is getting old and she should think about a retirement plan and invest in a walking frame. She was turning 44 that day and the conversation was the usual banter that my mum had with her children.

My mum died shortly after she was stabbed, in the early hours of March 22, 2010. The death was not widely reported and details around the death were very vague. At the end of the murder trial, detailed reporting of the incident started and the coronial inquest that followed the trial investigated the systematic shortfalls in our policing and legal systems.

Today marks nine years since her death and rather than focusing on all the negativity in relation to the issue of domestic violence, I want to touch on the good changes and improvements that have taken place since her death. I believe the first step to resolving an issue is to........

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