Abuse yet to peak

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Fran­cis Curro

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.

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