In February 2020 the name Hannah Clarke was etched into the national consciousness after her estranged husband killed her and their three young children in one of the most horrific acts of domestic violence Australia has seen.
It sparked outrage, shock and a community conversation about a form of domestic violence few had even heard of; coercive control.
Now, Nine News Presenter Melissa Downes, alongside Producer Jess Lodge, explore every layer of that conversation with those connected to the tragedy, some speaking for the first time to tell the whole story: Hannah’s Story.
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It was one of the most horrific acts of domestic violence Australia has seen.
On Wednesday the 19th of February 2020 Hannah Clarke and her three young children Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey were killed by Rowan Baxter, their father & Hannah’s estranged husband - set on fire in their car in a quiet Brisbane street.
It sparked outrage, shock and a community conversation about a form of domestic violence few had even heard of - coercive control.
Now, Nine News Presenter Melissa Downes, alongside Producer Jess Lodge, delve deeper to better understand what happened: speaking to family, friends, first responders, witnesses, domestic violence experts and political leaders - some speaking for the very first time to reveal the whole story... Hannah’s Story.
This podcast explores details from the days, months, even years, leading up to the crime that the public hasn’t been told. Details that will shock you, disappoint you and leave you asking - how did this happen? And what needs to be done to make sure it never happens again? What needs to change to protect other women, and men, in abusive relationships?
We also hope to help spread the messages Hannah’s parents Sue & Lloyd are advocating, through their organisation Small Steps 4 Hannah.
New episodes weekly, starting Monday May 22nd.
Episode 1: Hannah Clarke - May 22
Episode 2: Red Flags - May 22
Episode 3: 19th February 2020 - May 29
Episode 4: The Inquest - June 5
Episode 5: Lessons Learned - June 12
Episode 6: Hannah’s Legacy - June 19