Respect - due regard for the feelings, wishes or rights of others.
It's a definition that can mean the difference between a safe home and the type of family tragedy we're hearing about all too often.
Simplistic? Not entirely; many factors contribute to relationship breakdowns but while respect remains so does hope for the future, be it separately or together.
We're nearly halfway through the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, an annual international campaign that began in 1991 and, sadly, is still needed today.
IN OTHER NEWS:
South of the border, Victoria Police recorded 88,214 family violence incidents in 12 months, 75 per cent with female victims and 87 per cent of those involving a male perpetrator.
In a radio interview Mr Chilcott, a reluctant but undoubted hero, highlighted Ms Holt's heroism, saying he believed she stayed behind rather than try to escape so her husband wouldn't pursue their children.
It's a shocking tragedy that some might say goes beyond mere lack of respect.
But we'd argue there is no "mere" - respect must be ingrained in all our interactions, especially within our closest relationships.
Whether it's trying to consider alternative views, allowing others to speak without interrupting or refraining from unkind comments, we can all give and receive the respect everyone deserves.
- If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. In an emergency, call 000.
- If you, or a person you care for, is in need of support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or chat via text on 0477 13 11 14 (6pm - midnight) or online at lifeline.org.au (7pm - midnight AEDT).