Rise in Roe­bourne vi­o­lence re­ports

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Perera

to last fi­nan­cial year, there has been an in­crease in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence of­fences,” he said. “They’re still in­creas­ing now.

“We don’t know why it is. We do work very hard to try to pro­tect peo­ple who call for our help, but it’s alarm­ing that the sta­tis­tics aren’t de­creas­ing.”

Pil­bara Com­mu­nity Le­gal Ser­vice vic­tim sup­port worker Janette Tal­lon said there had “def­i­nitely” been a rise in re­ported do­mes­tic vi­o­lence inci- dents in the City of Kar­ratha area.

“I’m a year into this role, and I can see a huge in­crease in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dents and also in fam­ily vi­o­lence — vi­o­lence from grand­chil­dren or chil­dren to their par­ents,” she said. “Prob­a­bly my work­load had dou­bled.

“Roe­bourne and Wick­ham have had a big in­crease, and I have no­ticed a slight in­crease in Kar­ratha.

“I think in the Pil­bara in the last year there’s been a de­cline in work, a de­cline in fi­nances, part­ners los- ing their jobs. I find there are a lot more one-off in­ci­dents where it’s prob­a­bly the stress of life.”

New Kar­ratha po­lice fam­ily pro­tec­tion co-or­di­na­tor Cindy Mor­gan is head­ing up a more fo­cused po­lice ap­proach against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

She said myr­iad is­sues could have con­trib­uted to the in­crease, in­clud­ing al­co­hol and drugs, but a more pos­i­tive rea­son may be more strin­gent re­port­ing by po­lice and greater com­mu­nity aware­ness.

“We’ve ac­tu­ally im­proved on our re­sponses and re­port­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties within the po­lice,” she said.

“So it is likely we’ll get in­creases in our re­ports, but this should be viewed in a pos­i­tive light, be­cause it’s more re­flec­tive of what’s oc­cur­ring. And that’s im­por­tant be­cause it also means we can jus­tify in­creases in re­sources and fund­ing for all agen­cies.”

Sgt Mor­gan said de­spite im­proved aware­ness, solv­ing the prob­lem was a long-term process. An in­crease in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­ports in Roe­bourne and sur­round­ing ar­eas over the past year has lo­cal au­thor­i­ties con­cerned.

Roe­bourne po­lice act­ing of­fi­cerin-charge Jerry Samoa said more than dou­ble the usual num­ber of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dents were re­ported to the sta­tion two weeks ago, and it was part of a gen­eral ris­ing trend in Roe­bourne.

“This fi­nan­cial year, com­pared

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