Violent Deaths and Disappearances of Filipino Women and Children in Australia since 1980.


In 35 cases documented since 1980, involving 44 Filipino women and children, seven children and twenty-seven women have been killed, one woman survived an attempted murder, five women and two children have disappeared, two women died in a mass suicide incident.

All but four of the known suspected, accused, or convicted perpetrators were either the woman's husband, de-facto partner, ex-partner, or employer/fiancee.

Twenty-one of the accused were convicted: 1 for wilful murder, 13 for murder and 7 for manslaughter (one man murdered his estranged wife and child, one man killed two children, another murdered his 3 children, one murdered his mother, sister and his father, another also murdered the woman's estranged husband). One man committed suicide after attempting to murder his wife and killing their child. Another, whose wife has 'disappeared', has since committed suicide.

Of the two trials which resulted in acquittal, 1 man was acquitted of the murder of his second wife but convicted for the murder of his first wife.

In both cases that resulted in acquittal, no one else has been charged, and in 4 other cases no one has been charged.

We do not know the result of the trial in two cases.

All 44 victims are Filipinos. Where the ethnicity of the perpetrators is known, all but four, to the best of our knowledge, are non-Filipinos.


For more information contact:
CPCA-Brisbane, 84 Park Road, Woolloongabba Qld 4102, Australia

Teresita Andalis was murdered August 10, 1980.
Carmelita Lee was murdered on January 21, 1984.
Pauline Kelly was killed on December 23, 1986.
Nenita Evans disappeared on January 8, 1987.
Azucena 'Asing' Pollard and her son Harry jnr. disappeared sometime between January 8 and June 4, 1987.
Nenita Westhof was murdered on February 18, 1987; 9 days later her ex-husband was also murdered.
Rowena Sokol 17-years-old, was killed on February 23, 1987.
Lusanta de Groot and baby 1987, Lusanta survived; her baby died.
Bibiana Doria Singh was last seen in 1987.
Socorro North and her child were last seen in 1987.
Jean Strachan Keir was murdered on February 9 or 10, 1988.
Bella Rodriguez Elmore was murdered on March 16, 1988.
Nanette Villani found dead in June 1989.
Generosa Bongcodin was killed on July 9, 1989.
Julietta Apacway Herring was murdered on November 25, 1989.
Milagros 'Mila' Dark found dead on February 17, 1990.
Eve Roweth found dead in March 1991.
Rosalina Canonizado found dead on April 13, 1991.
Teresita Matan Garrott and Normita Barrios Garrott died on May 1, 1991.
Pia Navida found dead in 1992.
Marylou Orton found dead on March 13, 1992.
Milagros 'Mila' Bordador Wills was murdered on April 3, 1993.
Elizabeth Mary Haynes and Yohana Rodriguez 5 and 12-years-old, were killed on April 24, 1993.
Elma Albarracin Young was killed on February 20, 1994.
Priscilla Squires died on November 29, 1995.
Susan Dimatulae Pecson was murdered on September 26, 1996.
Annabel Sabellano Strzelecki is missing since June 6, 1998.
Marie Ann Stanton was murdered on March 11, 1999.
Ruth Amores Butay was killed on June 23, 2000.
Loiva Gonzales, her husband and her 18-year-old daughter, Clodine, were murdered on July 10, 2001.
Jarrod, Ryan and Ashley Fraser 4, 5 and 7-years-old were murdered between 18-20 August, 2001.
Edna Vergara Angeles and her 14-year-old daughter, Zsa Zsa were murdered on March 1, 2003.
Virginia Abad Frost was killed on February 16, 2004.
Flordeliza (Flora) O'Connor was killed on 7 July 2007.
Luvina Dayang was killed on 11 or 12 December 2007.

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Further Reading:
  • Cleonicki Saroca, ‘Representing Rosalina and Annabel: Filipino Women, Violence, Media Representation, and Contested Realities’, Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. 22 (1), 2007, pp. 32-60, Third World Studies Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman.
  • Dr. Nicki Saroca, ‘Filipino women in intercultural relationships: the reality of life in Australia’, paper presented at the Round Table Discussion on "Filipino Women in Inter-Cultural Relationships: the Case of Filipino-Australian Marriages", organised by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas and the Center for Migrant Advocacy, Heritage Hotel, Pasay City, Philippines, 14 June 2006.
  • Nicki Saroca, ‘Woman in Danger or Dangerous Woman? : Contesting Images of Filipina Victims of Domestic Homicide in Australia’, Asian Journal of Women's Studies, Vol. 12 No. 3, 2006, pp. 35-74.
  • Cleonicki Saroca, ‘Filipino Women, Migration, and Violence in Australia: Lived Reality and Media Image’, Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. 21 (1), 2006, pp. 75-110, Third World Studies Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman.
  • Nicki Saroca, ‘Violence Against Migrant Filipino Women in Australia: Making Men’s Behavior Visible’, Review of Women's Studies, Vol. XV, No. 2, 2005, pp. 113-139.
  • Dr Nicki Saroca, ‘Woman in Danger or Dangerous Woman? Contesting Images of Filipina Victims of Domestic Homicide in Australia’, paper presented at Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research and and the Faculty of Arts, Health and Science, Central Queensland University Distinguished Visitors’ Program, Central Queensland University, Mackay, 18 October 2005.
  • Dr Nicki Saroca, ‘The Politics of Abuse and the Power to Define: (Mis)representing the Lives and Deaths of Filipino Women in Australia’, paper presented at Philippine Political Science Association Conference: "Is the Liberal Moment Over?", De La Salle University, Manila, October 22-23, 2004.
  • Nicki Saroca, ‘Violence against Filipino women in Australia: Theorising the relationship between the discursive and non-discursive’, paper presented at "Expanding Our Horizons: Understanding the Complexities of Violence Against Women" conference, Sydney, Australia, 18-22 February 2002.
  • Cleonicki Saroca, "Hearing the Voices of Filipino Women: Violence, Media Representation and Contested Realities", PhD thesis, University of Newcastle, Australia, December 2002.
  • ‘Study highlights Australia's hidden culture of domestic violence’, 7.30 REPORT, ABC TV, Transcript of Broadcast: 8 March 2001.
  • Chris Cunneen & Julie Stubbs, ‘Male violence, male fantasy and the commodification of women through the Internet’, International Review of Victimology, Vol. 7 Nos 1/2/3, A B Academic Publishers, U.K., 2000, pp. 5-28.
  • Julie Stubbs, ‘Violence against women : the challenge of diversity for law, policy and practice’, paper presented at Second National Outlook Symposium : "Violent Crime, Property Crime And Public Policy", Hyatt Hotel, Canberra, 3-4 March 1997, organised by the Australian Institute of Criminology.
  • Chris Cunneen & Julie Stubbs, ‘Violence Against Filipino Women in Australia: Race, Class and Gender’, Waikato Law Review, Taumauri, Vol. 4 Issue 1, Special Issue on Domestic Violence, School of Law, University of Waikato (Te Whare Wananga o Waikato), Hamilton, New Zealand (Aotearoa), pp 131- 154, 1996.
  • Chris Cunneen & Julie Stubbs, "Gender 'Race' and International Relations: Violence Against Filipino Women in Australia", Institute of Criminology, University of Sydney, Australia, 1997, [originally distributed as Cunneen, C & Stubbs, J, "Violence Against Filipino Women", Report for the Race Discrimination Unit, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Institute of Criminology, 1996].
  • Nikki Barrowclough, ‘Disposable wives: The shameful story of Australia’s serial husbands’, "Good Weekend", 6 May 1995, pp. 46-67, plus letters to the editor about the article in "Good Weekend", Australia, 3 June 1995.
  • D. Wall, ‘Representations of Filipino Women in the Australian Media’ paper presented at the "Stopping Violence Against Filipino Women in Australia: A Government and Community Responsibility" conference, Abbortsford, Australia, 6-7 October 1994.
  • Anthony Brown, ‘Domestic Violence and Filipina Women in Australia’ (the first of three articles), "Green Left", Australia, 15 June 1994, p. 15.
  • Anthony Brown, ‘Myths Contribute to Violence Against Filipino Women’ (the second of three articles), "Green Left", Australia, 22 June 1994, p. 12.
  • Anthony Brown, ‘Lack of Information a Trap for Filipina Women’ (the third of three articles), "Green Left", Australia, 29 June 1994, p. 10.
  • Melba Marginson, ‘Serial Sponsorship, Domestic Murders and Other Abuses of Filipino Women in Australia’, speech delivered at a training workshop "Ethnicity and The Law", Melbourne, Australia, 6 May 1993.
  • Melba Marginson, ‘The Filipino Women’s Fight Against Violence in Australia’, paper presented during the REWP "Seminar on Domestic Violence", Melbourne, Australia, 1 September 1993.
  • M. Marginson, ‘In Memory of Marylou’, Centre for Philippine Concerns- Australia Newsletter, vol. 1, no. 2, April-August 1992, pp. 13-14.
  • J. Mowatt, & D. Wall, "Dealing with the Media", Filipino Women in Cross Cultural Marriages: a Training Course Manual for Community Workers, Jannali: The Filipino Women’s Working Party, 1992.
  • Melba Marginson, ‘The Terrible Cost of the Trade in Wives’, "Philippine Issues", Philippine Resource Centre, Melbourne, Australia, July/August 1990, pp. 6-7.
  • ‘A Tribute To Gene’, "Philippine Issues", July-September 1989, p. 11.
  • D. Wall, ‘Filipino Brides: Slaves or Marriage Partners? - A Further Comment’, "Australian Journal of Social Issues", Vol. 17 No. 1, 1983, pp. 217-220.