Tag Archives: domestic violence

Victoria Police Considering Alcohol Bans For Bail Conditions

The alcohol industry can be expected to push back against any attempt by Victoria to restrict or limit sales as part of policies that condemn alcohol-fuelled violence, say experts.

Victoria has the most liquor licences per capita of any state, and the number of “big box” liquor stores has risen from five in 1998 to more than 70, says Cate Car, the government’s executive director of liquor and gaming policy.

Drug and alcohol experts told a royal commission into family violence on Friday that a 10 per cent alcohol price rise in parts of Canada had reduced reports of violence by 10 per cent.

Victoria Police is considering US policies including drug and alcohol monitoring ankle bracelets or daily breath testing for alleged violent offenders in combination with drug and alcohol abstinence bail conditions.

Read more in Herald Sun.

Source: www.heraldsun.com.au

Magistrates Fear for Indian Women Withdrawing Intervention Orders

Two Melbourne magistrates have taken the unusual step of publicly raising fears for the safety of Indian-born women, who they say have been withdrawing intervention orders against violent partners at alarming rates.

After two Indian-born women died, allegedly at the hands of their partners, in December and January, some groups raised fears of an epidemic of violence against migrant women.

Victoria Police officers and Magistrates Courts do not routinely record the ethnicity of family violence victims, so painting a true picture of the levels of abuse in different communities is difficult.

But two magistrates who spoke to Fairfax said they had strong anecdotal evidence Indian-born women were not taking out intervention orders against violent partners until violence had escalated, and were more likely than non-Indian women to withdraw them.

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

For help in a crisis call 000. For help or information regarding domestic violence call the Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 1800 737 732 or www.1800respect.org.au. The Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491

NSW Police’s Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool Launched

The NSW Police Force Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT) has been rolled out state-wide today as part of the whole-of government campaign to combat domestic and family violence.

The DVSAT is part of the NSW Government ‘It Stops Here Referral Pathway’ and was launched in the areas covered by Waverley Local Court and Canobolas Local Area Command in October last year.

Today, the risk-assessment tool has been rolled out state-wide, allowing police to better identify the level of threat to a victim of domestic and family violence to determine the most effective way to address individual needs.

NSW Police Corporate Sponsor for Domestic and Family Violence, Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller, said the DVSAT improves existing risk-assessment procedures for police.

For further information regarding the DVSAT, please visit: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/domestic__and__family_violence

Source: www.lithgowmercury.com.au

Victoria Police Call for Family Violence Offender Register

Police have demanded sweeping new powers to counter the rise in domestic abuse, including a register of offenders that could be accessed by the public and the ability to issue intervention orders via mail or even social media, bypassing the need to go through the courts.

Victoria Police’s 47-page submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence outlines several changes they believe are required to address the needs of victims and fix holes in the system.

The register that police have urged the commission to consider is based on a model used in Britain. 

A person can access the register if they prove they are in a relationship with the individual whose record they are accessing, and agree to keep the information contained in the register confidential.

“The ‘right to ask’ applies to an individual who seeks information on any safety risks their partner may pose to themselves or to others (e.g. children),” the submission states.

Read more in The Age.

Source: www.theage.com.au

SA Police Reveal 6388 Domestic Violence Reports In Just One Year

South Australian police have revealed for the first time that more than 6000 aggravated assaults reported each year relate to domestic violence.

Community leaders say the figures confirm their “worst fears” about the magnitude of the issue facing the community – and worry it is even more pervasive as domestic violence is often under-reported.

But they say naming the size of the problem will help raise awareness and spur on changes to attitudes and behaviours that must happen at the cultural, institutional and individual level.

SA Police figures show there were 6388 aggravated assaults which occurred in a domestic environment – 40 per cent of all aggravated assaults – in 2013-14. It represents a 2 per cent growth from the previous year, when there were 6223.

SA Police Commissioner Gary Burns said that since police had put a “major emphasis” on policing domestic violence in the past year the number of reported assaults had risen.

Status for Women Minister Gail Gago said there was no place for violence against women and their children in our society.

“These figures confirm our worst fears. Domestic violence is an extremely pervasive issue confronting Australian families and communities,” she said.

Read more in Adelaide Now.

Source: www.adelaidenow.com.au

Queensland Researcher To Start Study Into Women-only Police Stations In South America

Police in Australia deal with a domestic violence matter every two minutes, according to estimates, a disturbing reality authorities around the country are struggling to combat.

Queensland researchers are now looking across the world to South America, where a unique and cooperative approach has been achieving success under the radar.

Women-only police stations designed specifically to deal with domestic and sexual violence have been quietly running for decades across Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Peru with multi-agency and government cooperation.

Queensland University of Technology criminologist professor Kerry Carrington has been granted permission to begin a world-first study after a recent visit to the unique stations in Argentina.

Professor Carrington said that, as the name suggests, the stations are staffed by female police officers, psychologists and social workers.

“They don’t look like police stations in that they are very brightly coloured, they have flowers [and] they are very inviting and welcoming,” she said.

Read more on ABC News.

Source: www.abc.net.au

Victoria Police Statistics Reveal Seniors Affected By Family Violence

Horrifying statistics show more than 200 senior citizens in a pocket of Melbourne’s west were subjected to family violence in the past 12 months.

Leader obtained Victoria Police statistics which showed 206 domestic violence offences were recorded in Brimbank, against people aged 60 and over, between April last year and March this year.

According to the state’s Crime Statistics Agency, in comparison, there were 145 reports of elderly abuse in Brimbank during the previous 12 months.

Of the victims, 132 were women and 74 were men.

Read more in Herald Sun.

Source: www.heraldsun.com.au

After the Abuse: The Lingering Wounds of Domestic Violence

That’s when I realized I was a victim — when I heard the police officer say: ‘We have a woman here who’s a victim.’

Most survivors of conjugal violence live with post-traumatic stress disorder for the rest of their lives. The symptoms can diminish, but these women will always live with the after-effects. The protracted after-effects parallel the fact that domestic violence itself is often a long-term process.

“Violence is perpetuated day to day. It’s a question of control. The aggressor will control not only his victim, but also her environment,” explained Marie-Marthe Cousineau, a criminology professor at U de M who works closely with a province-wide network of shelters and resources for women who have been battered. “They isolate their victims, so that if they do leave, they have no one to turn to.”

Cousineau describes Ouellet-Morin’s study as “not surprising, but hyper-important.” She says she believes its findings also apply to abuse victims in North America. “We’d certainly find similar numbers here. We know there are long-term effects.”

Cousineau emphasized how difficult it can be for battered women to leave their abusers.

“These women feel so diminished that they cannot imagine living without their partners — or being strong enough to leave the relationship. The psychological effects, such as depression, also make it harder to leave,” she said. “Sometimes, it is difficult for these women to find help — if they have children, they may be afraid that admitting to being depressed could lead to the loss of their children.”

Leaving a violent relationship can be especially difficult for new immigrants, Cousineau said, “because they are so isolated. Many of them stay home, watching TV, eating and having physical symptoms similar to chronic fatigue syndrome.”

Manon Monastesse is the executive director of the Fédération des maisons d’hébergement pour femmes, which supports 36 women’s shelters across Quebec. Seven of these shelters deal almost exclusively with immigrants. The fact that many victims do not have legal status makes some of them even more reluctant to ask for help — and leave an abusive relationship.

Read the report in Montreal Gazette.

Source: montrealgazette.com

Family Violence: RCMP Say Indigenous Women Are Still Overrepresented in Murder Statistics

Last year, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police revealed there were nearly 1,200 cases of murdered and missing Aboriginal women over three decades. Police said Friday they have made progress in solving cases, but the numbers continue to grow.

Officials with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said that 11 more indigenous women have disappeared since its report in May of last year painted a disturbing picture for Canadians of an issue the RCMP calls “a national tragedy.”

And the murder rate for Aboriginal women continues to be disproportionately high, with 17 homicides in 2013 and 15 homicides in 2014.

“The update confirms that aboriginal women are most often killed by men in their own homes, in their own communities, and reconfirms the need to target prevention efforts towards family violence,” RCMP superintendent Tyler Bates told a news conference.

Read more on VICE.

Source: news.vice.com

New Zealand Police Commissioner: How Small Things Make a Big Difference

Ngā mihi. As you know, Police places great importance on our core values of professionalism, respect, integrity, commitment to Māori and Treaty, empathy and valuing diversity. This week, I’d like to share a couple of great examples of how they make a difference to the communities we serve.

The first involves Auckland Constable Scott Wolfe, whose empathy for a methamphetamine addict helped turn her life around. Scott arrested the woman for possession of a cannabis pipe and, recognising the signs of methamphetamine use, discovered she had a heavy addiction and was living in a car.

This was the first time she’d ever been arrested, and, realising she needed help, Scott referred her to Te Kooti o Timatanga Hou – The New Beginnings Court. This is focused on homeless and disadvantaged people and has been getting some great results.

Read more on Commissioner’s Blog.

Source: www.police.govt.nz