As Sue and Lloyd Clarke face their first Christmas without their daughter Hannah and three treasured grandchildren, a law that would have stopped their murders is at the top of their wishlist.
On the morning school run in Brisbane in February, Hannah Clarke and her children-Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three-were doused in petrol and burnt to death by her estranged husband.
Hannah was not physically harmed, but was a victim of coercive control for a long time, a pattern of actions used to threaten, humiliate, supervise, and control another person.
She forced herself to twice give the police a statement identifying her estranged husband as the family’s attacker until she died in a Brisbane hospital with burns to 97 percent of her body.
“Hannah always protected her beautiful children and put them first. She did that in the best of times and in the worst of times,” Sue Clarke told AAP.
“At that stage Hannah didn’t know he had died. She was doing it to ensure that he paid for what he’d done.”
“Our whole family has been blown away by how the Australian people have rallied to ensure Hannah and the children aren’t forgotten,” Lloyd Clarke said.
“We’ve always known how strong and inspirational she is, and we’re so grateful that others recognise that too.”
Hannah was posthumously named one of Marie Claire’s Women of the Year, eight months after her death.
“People don’t realise the incredible bravery and resilience Hannah displayed during those last horrific hours of her life to ensure her story was told,” editor Nicky Briger said.
“Because of Hannah, coercive control was given nationwide attention.”
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