DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A SCOURGE
FAMILY and domestic violence has come to the fore in the past few weeks, with a number of high-profile incidents being highlighted by the mainstream media. Coincidentally, the Prime Minister has announced a $100 million package of measures to provide a safety net for women and children at a high risk of experiencing domestic violence. It is one of the most common forms of violence against women in Australia. Estimates from crime victimisation surveys suggest more than 240,000 Australian adult women are physically assaulted each year, and nearly one-third of these victims have been physically assaulted by a current or previous partner. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
– Detective-Sergeant Gary Thwaites