26 September 2023

Police crackdown on family violence

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Following a weekend of family violence offences, ACT Policing is urging perpetrators to consider the consequences of their actions.

Officer in Charge of ACT Policing’s Family Violence Coordination Unit, Inspector Dave Williams said police responded to 25 family violence calls over the weekend (15-17 July).

Inspector Williams said the number was not unusual for a weekend for this crime type.

“Unfortunately, seeing multiple people charged across a weekend with serious family violence offences is not a new occurrence,” Inspector Williams said.

“Our officers respond multiple times a day to the full range of family violence incidents including assaults, stalking, intimidation and abuse,” he said.

“In May of this year ACT Policing officers responded to 249 separate family violence incidents.”

Inspector Williams urged victims to come forward – “police will always listen to your complaint and take the appropriate action.”

He said victims did not need to go through it alone with a wide range of support services were available to support them.

“To those who are committing these criminal acts against family members – we would ask that you take a second to think about the consequences,” Inspector Williams said.

“There are specialist services that help you to temper your actions and develop mechanisms to deal with your situations.”

Information on the support ACT Policing can provide to people experiencing family violence can be accessed at this PS News link.

The Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT crisis line (6280 0900) is also available 24/7.

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