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A new intimate partner homicide dashboard offering more up-to-date figures will soon be available after the deaths of four South Australian women in one week.

The government will introduce the federal statistical dashboard by mid-2024 to provide more timely reporting on intimate partner homicide. The new dashboard will enable police, governments, policymakers and all those who are working to end violence against women and children, to better understand what is happening and when. It will initially provide quarterly updates but is expected to provide more up-to-date figures as the initiative develops.

The minister for women, Katy Gallagher, said getting closer to real-time data was “crucial” to understanding the scale of the issue.

“One life lost to intimate partner homicide is one too many,” Gallagher said.

“Up-to-date and accurate data is crucial to supporting us in our efforts to end this violence and ensure women’s safety.”

The Australian Institute of Criminology’s National Homicide Monitoring Program (NHMP) is the sole data collection point for homicide incidents, victims, and offenders with its figures being updated annually.

The institute’s data available for 2020-21 indicated one woman died every 14 days at the hands of a former or current partner.

The data also showed about 60% of adult female victims murdered in Australia are at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.

The dashboard’s announcement on Saturday will coincide with International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

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It comes as hundreds gathered at South Australia’s Parliament House on Friday to demand more be done about the “complex and wicked problem” of domestic and family violence.

On Wednesday 15 November, a woman’s body was found inside a home in Felixtow. On 21 November, police arrested a 50-year-old man and charged him with murder. “The accused is known to the victim,” police said.

On Thursday 16 November, police and paramedics tried to resuscitate a 45-year-old woman in Davenport, but she died. A 53-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder. “The woman and the man were known to each other,” police said.

On Sunday, police found a woman, 39, dead at Encounter Bay. A man “who was known to the woman” was arrested and charged with murder, police said.

Jodie Jewell, 55, was murdered at the Modbury North home she shared with husband, Kevin Jewell, also 55. Kevin Jewell fled, and police warned he was armed and considered dangerous.

On Thursday, police found the body of Kevin Jewell on the Yorke peninsula. There were no suspicious circumstances.

Katrine Hildyard, South Australia’s minister for women and for the prevention of domestic and family violence, said the deaths were “absolutely tragic” and “absolutely unacceptable” and that the government would consider a royal commission, and what else can be done.

“I’m here to listen to the sector. I have heard their calls for a royal commission. It’s something we would consider,” she said on Friday.

“As a government we’re taking significant steps forward – in legislation that we have already passed, and that we are drafting … including criminalising coercive control, that insidious form of domestic violence.

“We are taking other steps forward but we do need to do more.”

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