Police Call for Courts To Get Tough On Domestic Violence Offenders

Frustrated police have criticised the court system for going too soft on domestic violence offenders and say a shortfall in police resources is putting victims at risk.

The Victorian Police Association in a submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence says calls for help are often put on hold because of “chronic understaffing” while outdated reporting systems are leaving women and children exposed.

Frontline officers are being forced to triage cases and say there are delays in responding as police numbers have not kept pace with an unprecedented number of family violence calls, the report says.

And other parts of the justice system need a reality check, with magistrates often too lenient towards abusers who have breached intervention orders as “the courts do not currently reflect the seriousness with which family violence is treated by police”.

Read more in Herald Sun.

Source: www.heraldsun.com.au

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