Growing calls to tackle domestic violence in Alice Springs

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The family of a woman and baby shot dead by her partner outside Alice Springs in what is being treated as a murder-suicide say they want her death to be the impetus for change.

Sky News Australia has spoken to Mark Lockyer, the uncle of Alena Kukla, who was killed by his partner in July at a property north of Alice Springs.

“I don’t want this to happen to another Indigenous woman and her baby. If anything can come out of this that protects women and children, that’s what the government needs to do, that’s what the community needs to do,” Lockyer said.

“We need to protect the most vulnerable people in the community.”

Indigenous politicians from Labor and the Coalition have also denounced the scourge of domestic violence that plagues indigenous communities in the region.