Calling could save a life: Police urge community to report domestic violence
One of the region's top cops has urged anyone with information regarding incidents of domestic violence should reach out, because the call "could save a life". Superintendent Scott Tanner, the New England Police District Commander, said police were ramping up their focus on domestic violence. He said they would continue to run operations to ensure orders are being enforced, and the current health crisis won't lead to an increase in family violence. "We have specially trained police working hard to ensure the safety of our community, and will not tolerate violence in any form, especially in the home," Superintendent Tanner said. "I would also like to remind our community, if you witness domestic or family violence, call the police – the information you provide might just save someone's life." Operation 'No More', comprising police from Western Region Police Districts, supported by the High-Risk DV Team, Western Region Enforcement Squad and the Dog Squad, was established to target domestic violence' high risk' offenders during March. Officers laid a total of 290 charges for breaching the conditions of apprehended violence orders, over 400 charges for DV related assaults, and 372 charges for other DV related offences including intimidation. During the operation police also completed 1423 checks of current enforceable Apprehended Violence Orders within their region by visiting homes and speaking with occupants.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence contact 1800 Respect (24/7) 1800 737 732 or Rape and Domestic Violence Service Australia (24/7) 1800 424 017.