The number of men seeking help to stop domestic violence has risen following the horrific death of Hannah Clarke and her young children.
Angry father Rowan Baxter murdered Hannah Clarke and their children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3, when he threw them in gasoline and parked their car in Camp Hill, Brisbane on Wednesday morning.
He died shortly after stabbing himself in the abdomen with a knife.
The shocking attack has led to more people turning to domestic violence help for help, says Queensland Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.
“I have spoken with many people who work in the DFV sector and everyone is absolutely destroyed by the death of Hannah and her small babies,” Farmer told AAP.
Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3) sees a day enjoying her own grandmother (far left)
Hannah Clarke (pictured with daughters Aaliyah and Laianah) was just freed from her abusive husband last December
“But they also said they’ve seen an incredible increase in calls from people who asked for help – and more importantly, those who asked for help to stop being violent.”
Details of the couple’s poisonous split keep coming forward with revelations Rowan Baxter had given advice and had refused an offer for shared custody.
According to the ABC, the offer would see him with the children several times a week.
Baxter rejected the advice of his lawyer during a mediation session with Clarke and refused to sign the order that would allow him 165 days in custody a year.
A sanctuary on the scene where Hannah Clarke and her three children were set on fire. Brave men have come forward to seek help to stop being violent in the aftermath of horrible crime
Baxter poured gasoline over his estranged wife and their children in their car and then lit it on Raven St, in Camp Hill, Brisbane. The horrible scene is shown above
Instead, Baxter signed a non-legally binding agreement that gave him as much access to the children as their mother.
Mrs. Clarke’s mother Suzanne told Channel 9’s A Current Affair that her daughter was experiencing psychological trauma and abuse for the first time by her estranged husband, who slowly became physical, leaving Mrs Clarke in fear of her life.
Mrs. Clarke was blunt in her assessment of Baxter: “He was bad.”
Mrs. Clarke said her daughter was “afraid of leaving,” but had recently taken small steps to leave.
She said that her daughter only came up with the idea last week to organize a will.
Hannah Clarke and her three children were set on fire in their car on Wednesday morning by Rowan Baxter (all in the photo together) who stabbed himself to death at the Camp Hill scene
The family claims that Baxter stalked Mrs. Clarke through her cell phone and knew where she was.
‘She wasn’t allowed to wear bikinis, she works in the fitness industry and wasn’t allowed to wear shorts. She had to cover herself, “Mrs. Clarke said.
“In the beginning we thought he was a prude, but in retrospect we know there is more to it than that. He checked. It was Rowan’s road or the highway.
“He could manipulate her. The night before he killed them, he was calling the children who were crying and she was hanging up or the children were hanging up and she said to me: “Mom, I feel so bad for him.”
Hannah (left) with her mother Suzanne Clarke. Mrs. Clarke said that Baxter was “malicious” and controlling
“He was very good at playing the victim. We knew she couldn’t say “I’m going out the door” in any way.
“She said,” What will happen to my babies if he kills me? “
The Clarke family says more needs to be done to ensure that victims are better protected against their abusers, and hope to set up a support system for women suffering from domestic violence.
On Saturday, they posted a thank-you note for public support when family donations passed $ 206,000.
“It is great to see so many people offering donations and such kind messages – it has given the family hope for change and touched their hearts to know so much care,” said Hannah’s sister-in-law Stacey Roberts.
She said the family was in debt due to Baxter’s “inability to sustain his family financially for years and to fight this monster.”
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Queensland Police officers are summoned for an incident involving family violence involving the couple.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19 – EARLY MORNING:
Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, is seen filling a jerry can with fuel at a local gas station.
Baxter dives into the white Kia Sportage of his estranged wife Hannah Clarke as she prepared to drop off the school in Raven Street, Camp Hill, a rich suburb of Brisbane.
He extinguishes Mrs. Clarke, 31, and their three children – Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three – in gas and turns on the car.
Neighbors hear an explosion that sounded like a ‘gas bottle’ explosion. At least four explosions followed.
Baxter takes a knife from the SUV and stabs himself in the chest.
He tries to prevent neighbors from saving his wife and children before he dies on the street.
Mrs. Clarke escapes the burning car and shouts, “He poured gas on me.”
Startled witnesses see her skin peel off her body.
A heroic neighbor washes her down in an attempt to save her life and suffers from burns herself.
She is being brought to Royal Brisbane and the Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.
Mrs. Clarke dies in the hospital because of the terrible burns she sustained during the suicide of the four-fold murder.