Police urged to wear a white ribbon
TWENTY a night, 140 a week. This is how many reported domestic violence incidents police follow up in the South-East Metropolitan region alone.
These figures are unsurprising to the South East Metro Family and Domestic Violence Response Team who has the hard and emotional task of working with victims and offenders.
In 2012, there were almost 45,000 incidents reported to WA Police, with 95 per cent of victims females and 90 per cent of perpetrators males.
The team works with the De- partment for Child Protection and Family Support and non-government family and domestic violence services, such as Ruah and Starick Services, to promote early intervention and prevention of family violence, enhanced victim support and improved prosecutions.
Sergeant Phil Ward of the South East Metropolitan District Victim Support Unit said these inter-agency teams were committed to breaking the cycle of violence.
It assesses family and domestic violence incidents to facilitate professional support services to help victims of violence, their families and the community. “Family and domestic violence includes not only serious offences but also intimidation, threats and offensive or emotionally abusive behaviour,” he said.
“All such offences are priority for South East Metropolitan police who adopt a positive intervention and no-tolerance policy and where sufficient evidence exists, offenders will be arrested, charged and prosecuted.”
South East Metropolitan police are demonstrating their support for White Ribbon Day and encouraging all local policing officers to wear a white ribbon to mark the day.
South East Metro Family and Domestic Violence Response Team members, from left, Christine Verinder, Sgt Phil Ward, Emma Collinson, Sarah Crawford, Senior Constable Rhona Yakacikli and Suzanne Harris taking part in White Ribbon Day.