Po­lice urged to wear a white rib­bon

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - White Ribbon Day - Su­sanne Reilly

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.