News

Cop cameras to reveal male victims: solicitor

A NORTHERN Rivers solicitor has welcomed new laws that will equip all NSW police officers attending domestic violence incidents with body-mounted cameras.

The cameras, which international research has shown improves police behaviour and assists with convictions, are expected to be distributed to all frontline officers in coming years.

Sue Dakin, the principal solicitor at Dakin Law, Ballina, believes the array of shocking footage captured by police will challenge the stereotype that men are, by and large, responsible for violence in the home.

"Cameras do not discriminate when it comes to information being recorded," she said.

"We don't want to view women as perpetrators of violence, but we cannot ignore it.

"Be it as a result of financial pressures, mental health issues or just a mere inability to cope with the pressures of society's expectations, there are a significant number of cases where men charged with domestic violence assaults are merely the victims of their own silence when it comes to domestic violence outbursts experienced in their homes."

Mrs Dakin said it should be clear neither gender had the right to hit, injure or intimidate their partner or children.

"All too often now, a significant number of men are having to come home to the rage of an angry and destructive partner and they simply don't know how to cope other than in wearing their partner's verbal and physical abuse, or reacting in self-defence or defence of their children," she said.

""But recording of injuries inflicted on persons, the devastation revealed as a result of violent destructive behaviour and the antics of those after such an event will speak louder than any witness personally involved when it comes to a court hearing."

Mrs Dakin said she spoke out based on results of her discussions with male victims of domestic violence.

"Bring it on. Male victims will now have a voice when it comes to impartial evidence in courts," she said.

The Police Association of NSW said the cameras would have significant benefits for officers and the communities they worked in.

Topics:  crime, domestic violence, police



4 offences police will target this long weekend

Double demerits will be in place this long weekend.

Speeding fines up to $3400 and 14 demerit points

Mum bans teen sons from surfing Lighthouse Beach

Lighthouse Beach at Ballina closed after a shark attack.
Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star

Ballina teens banned from entering the water by worried mum

Local Partners

Kim Kardashian West 'sick of talking about Taylor Swift'

Kim Kardashian West is sick of talking about Taylor Swift.

Justin Bieber ordered to attend Miami deposition

Justin Bieber has been ordered to travel to Miami for a deposition

New Music: These Systems Are Falling

Cover artwork for Moby & The Void Pacific Choir's debut album, These Systems Are Failing (2016).

By Moby and the Void Pacific Choir

Sludge metal heaven served up across Australia

Black Rheno bring their stripped back sludge metal through regional Australia.

Black Rheno to hit a town near you

Prog metal upstarts to tour Australia

Caligula’s Horse, one of the country’s most exciting and innovative progressive bands, will hit the road for a national tour in November.

Australian prog masters announce national tour

Lacuna Coil support acts announced

Lacuna Coil return to Australia in their first ever headline tour.  Photo Contributed

Lacuna Coil will tour the country with australian support acts

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Buyers forking out millions

Owners benefiting from undersupplied Northern Rivers market

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

New $33 million development planned for Ballina Shire

The site of a proposed seniors living development at Skennars Head.

Plans include 211 homes, clubhouse and recreational facilities