COFFS Harbour police are ramping up their campaign against domestic violence across the Coffs Coast following ‘exceptionally high’ numbers of domestic violence-related matters in recent months.
Since September, Coffs/Clarence officers have attended 160 DV-related incidents – a figure Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said was exceedingly high.
Inspt. Jameson used White Ribbon Day to call out ‘cowards’ in our community to stop violence against women and the importance of good men stepping up and saying no to violence.
“We need men, good men and good people of this community to stand up and say no I will not accept it and I will not stay quiet,” he said.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said DV occupies more police time that any other crime type with commands across the state responding to more than 28,000 reports of domestic-related assault and 27 domestic-related homicides in the last 12 months.
A series of reforms is helping police address DV: Domestic Violence Evidence in Chief allows victims to provide video or audio statements and Safety Action Meetings allow relevant specialist support services to help avoid any future threat.
Police-issued Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders are providing more immediate protection to victims than in previous years.
If you hear, see or know of anyone living with DV, call 1800 RESPECT or the Coffs Police 6691 0799.