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Law failing domestic violence victims

The legal system is failing women and children suffering domestic violence, says the cousin of Allison Baden-Clay.

Gerard Baden-Clay's July 2014 conviction for murdering his wife was downgraded to manslaughter in the Queensland Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

Th court found no evidence the former real estate agent intended to kill Allison.

Allison's cousin Jodie Dann said there were few consequences for domestic violence perpetrators.

Downgrading Baden-Clay's crime came as a great shock to Allison's family, she told The Nine Network on Wednesday.

"I think the legal system that we are working with today fails a lot of women and children who are being killed and living in domestic and family violence," Ms Dunn said.

"I think that really causes a lot of people who don't or are not educated in domestic and family violence to not understand what is actually really going on behind closed doors."

The downgrading of Baden-Clay's charge from murder to manslaughter means he could be released from prison within a few years.

Ms Dann said her family, now taking care of the three Baden-Clay children, would continue to fight for justice.

"We have to continue, because that's what Allison would have wanted," she said.

"We obviously don't want to see him walking the streets within the next couple of years."

AAP

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