A slap in face for domestic violence count

AS far as domestic violence goes, the Lismore Local Government Area is the 10th worst in NSW out of 50.

Bourke is the worst and Marrickville the best.

From April 2007 to March this year there were 289 domestic violence cases in Lismore, down 17 from the same period last year.

In response to the high number of domestic violence cases the NSW Government established a domestic and family violence unit in May this year.

The unit is based in Parramatta and includes five police expert officers in domestic violence and civilian police staff.

A further 35 officers will be deployed by 2010.

So how will this help us?

A spokesman for the NSW Police Minister David Campbell said the squad will operate as a Hot Spot Team, but the way they will deployed has yet to be decided.

The team will provide specialist advice to local police and help them target high risk offenders.

Simultaneously there is a team of nine domestic violence specialists based in regional centres across NSW.

Lismore and the Far North Coast are covered by the experts based in Coffs Harbour.

Mr Campbell said the specialists provide a co-ordinated approach to domestic violence.

“As we know domestic violence can happen in any family, regardless of wealth, social or cultural upbringing,” he said.

“And police have to attend traumatic scenarios. They do a great job in the face of adversity.

“Not only do the victims of domestic violence have a further support network, I am delighted the police do now as well.”



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