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Locals and advocates will call for an end to the “violence against and murder of women in Ballarat” at a rally in the Victorian town tonight.
A rally is taking place in Ballarat following the alleged murders of three women in 2024.

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Locals and advocates will call for an end to the “violence against and murder of women in Ballarat” at a rally in the Victorian town tonight.

It follows the alleged murders of three women in Ballarat this year.

Rally organisers say “women are not feeling safe in our town”.

Hannah McGuire, Rebecca Young, and Samantha Murphy were allegedly murdered in separate incidents over recent months.

Police are continuing to search for Murphy’s body today, more than two months after she went missing.

Samantha Murphy

51-year-old Samantha Murphy was last seen leaving her home to go for a run in Ballarat East on 4 February.

Last month, police arrested and charged a 22-year-old man with her murder.

Patrick Orren Stephenson will face a hearing in August. He hasn’t yet entered a plea.

Since then, police have expanded the search for Murphy’s body in bushland around Ballarat this week.

Rebecca Young

Police found 42-year-old mother of five Rebecca Young dead at her home near Ballarat, days after Murphy went missing.

Police suspect her partner murdered her, then died by suicide at the scene.

It’s also been widely reported that Young’s partner had links to outlaw motorcycle club the Bandidos.

Hannah McGuire

Earlier this month, 23-year-old Hannah McGuire was found dead in a burnt-out car near her home in Ballarat.

Police have charged McGuire’s ex-boyfriend with her murder. He will appear in court in September and is currently behind bars.

Additionally, McGuire’s high school announced it would hold a memorial for its former student after a “solidarity” march for McGuire, Young, and Murphy.

Community anger

Hundreds are expected to attend the “Enough is Enough, Snap Rally Against Mens Violence in Ballarat” today over the alleged murders.

In a social media post, organisers said Ballarat women “are living on eggshells”.

The event will start at Ballarat train station, and protesters will then march into the town centre to gather for speeches.

“This Friday 12th April 5:30PM we ask for community members from near and far to stand with us. Fight with us, fight for us.”

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