#53 – Man Murders Woman 2016


We’re very sad to report the death of the 53rd woman to alleged/assumed male violence in Australia in 2016.

Rainee Abberfield, 51, is believed to have been shot dead by her husband of almost three decades, John, 67, before he turned the gun on himself at their Tamworth home on Sunday night, 16th October.

Chief Inspector O’Reilly confirmed police were called to the East Tamworth home on Sunday afternoon but everything appeared normal and officers left, only to return later that evening.

“Police were called to the premises earlier in the afternoon after concerns for the welfare of those occupants were raised and found nothing,” he said.

“Later in the evening they returned to the premises and forced entry where they found the body of a male and a female in the premises.”

Our hearts go out to Rainee’s children and extended family & friends.


The summary of women killed in 2016 listed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on this page.

At the time of posting, 92% of the alleged killers of women in Australia in 2016 were male (61 of the total 66 alleged perpetrators), with 12 missing or dead women on the watch list. 95% of women were killed, where known, by male perpetrators (or male and female perpetrators).

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in a Australia is jointly undertaken by Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia.

We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will not intentionally publish posts or comments which do this.

Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally or legally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.

If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at wimms@womenshoutoutaustralia.com or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.

Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia

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