Police ‘here to help’ violence victims

Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Australind police had a busy Christmas period, with domestic-violence related issues being one of the the main concerns.

Australind Senior Sergeant Mark Smith said the issue of domestic violence had been ongoing and it was concerning the no-tolerance message was still not getting through to offenders.

He said offenders caused significant trauma for victims of domestic violence including children involved.

“The victims of domestic violence are predominantly women and children, with males being responsible for the majority of the cases reported,” Sen. Sgt Smith said.

Sen. Sgt Smith the number of domestic violence incidents throughout the region had increased dramatically from last year.

He urged victims to seek help.

“Victims of domestic violence don’t have to suffer in silence; there is definitely help available, even if those victims would like to remain anonymous,” Sen. Sgt Smith said.

“Police have undergone further training in regards to dealing with domestic violence and we are always prepared to help victims.”

Sen. Sgt Smith said it was worrying to see the cycle domestic violence created, with children who had experienced domestic violence more likely to offend themselves.

“They think it’s normal because that is the home environment they grew up in, however domestic violence is unacceptable,” Sen. Sgt Smith said.

He also said police were out breath-testing during the festive season and were pleased with the behaviour of motorists on the roads.

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