BREWARRINA residents will struggle for some time to come to terms with the death of a woman following an alleged domestic violence incident in the town last Saturday, according to a local community leader.
Trish Frail, community liaison officer with Brewarrina Aboriginal Integrated Child and Family Centre, helped organise an anti-domestic violence and anti-drug march in the town on Thursday in the wake of recent events.
She said Brewarrina was "devastated" by the death of 18-year-old Maleeta Hart.
"Both men and women from various cultures and backgrounds marched," she said.
"We laid a wreath outside the building where she died, and held a minute's silence.
"For us to get 80 people there, in a town this size considering it had been pouring with rain, showed how significant it was."
She said Ms Hart was a "likeable young girl" and the town of Weilmoringle, where she came from, was also reeling from news of her death.
Ms Frail said while there were no easy solutions, she and other local residents felt it was important to keep Ms Hart's death in the public's eye so it might bring about a shift in attitudes towards domestic violence.
"A lot of the time domestic violence is a bit too close for comfort and we sweep it under the carpet," she said.
Community members had made plans to stage community service provider forums and possibly adopt some ideas from a Redfern-based model, including holding cultural days, so there could be a united front to tackle the high rate of domestic violence in the town.
Ms Frail feared given Ms Hart's death was reportedly domestic violence-related, that she was Indigenous and her death occurred in a remote community, it would not command as much attention as if those circumstances were different. "She was somebody's daughter, niece, a friend and a mother," Ms Frail said.
"Again the media's like, what brings in the ratings, so all we can do is keep hounding the media, it (domestic violence) is not acceptable and we as a community are trying to do something about it."
While Ms Frail could not comment on Ms Hart's specific circumstances, she said there were reasons why it was not easy for women in abusive relationships to just remove themselves from those situations.
"It takes a lot to empower someone who's been victimised, it might take a woman about 30 times being subject to domestic violence before they can leave," she said.
"Where might they go? There might be money and kids to think of."
Police had been called to a Byron Street home about 5.45pm Saturday following reports a woman had suffered serious injuries.
Paramedics were called but Ms Hart died at the scene.
Darryl Biles, 22, faced Bourke Local Court on Monday accused of murder.
He did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.
Biles was remanded in custody ahead of his next court appearance on May 4.