Abuse yet to peak
DOMESTIC violence has been on the rise over the past few months in the South Metropolitan region.
But it still has not hit its peak, according to the police and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, which predict the number of domestic violence offences will spike during the Christmas period.
The top time for domestic assaults from July last year to October this year was in December and January with 323 and 350 offences respectively.
There has also been a rise in recent months with 850 recorded offences in August, September and October this year compared to 692 during the same period last year .
Department for Child Protection and Family Support director general Emma White said domestic violence needed a whole-of-government, whole-of-community approach to eradicate it.
“The Christmas and New Year period is associated with an increase in the frequency and severity of violence perpetrated against women and children,” she said.
“It is also a time when victims increasingly seek assistance from services. This often leads to an increase in the amount of family and domestic violence reported to the Western Australian Police.
“Governments and community service providers must work together to achieve safety for women and children and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.”
Child Protection Minister Helen Morton launched the Perth Stand Up event on White Ribbon Day, a call to stop the violence against women and get the message out.
Armadale officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Mark Tobiassen said the station has had to deal with an increase in domestic violence in the past and his station would help support the response team on Christmas Day.
Member for the South Metropolitan Region Sue Ellery is collecting toys and non-perishables in the leadup to Christmas to donate to the women’s and children’s refuges – most of which are for domestic violence – in her electorate.
Donations can be delivered to Ms Ellery’s office at Shop 20, Southlands Boulevard shopping ventre in Willetton by December 18.