Childers po­lice vow to put end to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

Po­lice fed up as DVO breaches in Childers reach high­est level since 2010

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

ZERO TOL­ER­ANCE: Childers’ Se­nior Con­sta­ble Grant Klaassen, of­fi­cer-in-charge Sergeant Ge­off Fay and Con­sta­ble Michael Sch­midt want to stamp do­mes­tic vi­o­lence out for good. Po­lice com­mis­sion­ers from across Aus­tralia and New Zealand took an oath to put an end to the vi­o­lence ear­lier this week.

AS PO­LICE com­mis­sion­ers from across Aus­tralia and New Zealand gath­ered to make a com­mit­ment to stamp­ing out do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, Childers po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Sergeant Ge­off Fay spoke openly about the im­pact it had on the lo­cal com­mand.

“It al­ways keeps us busy,” Sgt Fay said.

“It forms a ma­jor part of our work­load.”

Po­lice take a “zero tol­er­ance” ap­proach to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, and have the power to ap­ply for ap­pre­hended vi­o­lence or­ders (AVOs) on be­half of vic­tims if they “rea­son­ably sus­pect” do­mes­tic vi­o­lence has been com­mit­ted.

While po­lice have those cour­ses of ac­tion open to them, Sgt Fay ad­mit­ted he would pre­fer if the num­ber of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is­sues to which he re­sponded was zero.

“The less of it the bet­ter,” Sgt Fay said.

“From a re­sourc­ing point of view, it frees us up to do other du­ties.

“DV seems to be en­trenched in so­ci­ety, but peo­ple have to re­alise it’s not an ac­cept­able way to be­have.

“We try to tai­lor con­di­tions (of or­ders) to the sit­u­a­tion.

“It can be any­thing from good be­hav­iour to the ex­tremes of non-con­tact (can’t call, text, get mes­sages to or from ei­ther party) and mov­ing peo­ple out of res­i­dences.”

While it is not known how many do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases lo­cal po­lice at­tend each week (“it can be up to three or four cases some­times,” Sgt Fay said), the my Po­lice data says there have so far been 29 breaches of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­ders in the Childers Di­vi­sion in 2014.

This is the high­est level since 2010 (32).

“If peo­ple are in that sit­u­a­tion, there are a num­ber of support chan­nels open to them,” Sgt Fay said.

“You can con­tact po­lice or you can make in­quiries through support ser­vices first. Most of the time we’ll get calls from out­side the party. In the old days oth­ers wouldn’t say any­thing, but now it’s a lot more ac­cept­able for peo­ple to take ac­tion.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

STAMP­ING IT OUT: Childers po­lice Se­nior Con­sta­ble Grant Klaassen, of­fi­cer-in-charge Sergeant Ge­off Fay and Con­sta­ble Michael Sch­midt want to stamp do­mes­tic vi­o­lence out for good.

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