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Domestic violence fight stepped up

POLICE are stepping up the fight against domestic violence, with figures showing a domestic-related assault occurs in Coffs Harbour almost every second day.

Coffs Harbour now has a domestic violence officer on the frontline that is trained to deal with domestic violence victims and offenders.

Figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics show Coffs Harbour had 278 incidents of domestic violence related assault in 2007.

Police Minister Tony Kelly said domestic violence officers are determined to reduce the incidence of domestic violence in the State.

Mr Kelly said new operational guidelines, procedures and training had also been introduced to ensure victims were safe in their homes.

“The new procedures will be carried in every police car responding to domestic violence and every police officer will have a check-list in their notebooks,” he said.

The guidelines include a new pro-arrest policy, victim information cards, better protection for children at crime scenes, and improved management of Aboriginal family violence issues.



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