Police want people to report domestic violence.
Police want people to report domestic violence. Lofilolo

Dob in those violent thugs

DOB family violence thugs in.

That's the message from of the state's top cops who says Lismore residents need to tell police when domestic violence perpetrators breach court orders.

There were 655 DVO transgressions across the Northern Rivers between January 2014 and June this year.

An APN Newsdesk analysis of police data reveals Tweed had the highest number of apprehended domestic violence orders breaches with 297 recorded over the 18 months.

Lismore had 159 breaches; there were 93 in Ballina, 88 in the Richmond Valley and 18 at Kyogle.

New South Wales Police domestic violence spokesman Acting Superintendent Guy Flaherty acknowledged not all breaches were being reported.

"These figures are concerning because history has shown that there are links in relation to domestic violence and homicides," he said.

"Those apprehended violence orders are in place to give some protection to  

people who need it."

Acting Supt Flaherty said the community needed to take a stand if they saw something untoward.

"There are areas where intimidation about domestic violence does occur and it does not get reported," he said.

"We would encourage people who witness this to ensure that they report it to police, so we can break the cycle."

He said some breaches could land perpetrators in jail for a long time.

"There are hefty terms in prison - up to five years - for people who breach certain types of orders," he said.

If you or someone you know needs help, phone DV Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.


Small drop in assaults

THERE has been a small drop in domestic violence-related assaults across the Tweed Lismore region.

There were 78 fewer attacks in the 12 months to June 2015 than in the same period in the previous year.

To June 2015 there were 965 assaults compared to 1043 to June 2014.

Statewide, domestic assaults rose 2%.

Researchers say Australian police handle about 382 family violence cases daily.

Across the nation the epidemic is believed to have claimed more than 50 lives this year.


Support Services

MENTAL health experts say a recent Senate report into domestic violence fails to address significant issues behind the epidemic that has claimed more than 50 lives this year.

The Australian Psychological Society said the report that was handed down in August should have called for the reinstatement of support services funding.

The inquiry's final report lists 25 recommendations but does not specify specific actions for the Federal Government to undertake.

APS public interest manager Heather Gridely said psychologists often had to "pick up the pieces" left behind by domestic violence perpetrators.

She said funding cuts to a broad range of services that are essential to supporting victims of domestic violence should be reviewed.


DV Certificate Course

MORE than 100 community organisations and stakeholders helped shape the nation's first graduate certificate in domestic violence.

The Queensland University of Technology course will come online in February.

It is web-based and offered across Australia.

Course co-ordinator Molly Dragiewicz said it was designed for people at the front line of the epidemic.

"We designed this course after extensive community consultation with more than 100 community organisations and stakeholders," Associate Professor Dragiewicz said.

"It stands to make an important difference in the level of training for those who come into contact with victims and perpetrators of abuse."

She said the four-unit course helped fill the gaps across a range of areas.

"Most people would be surprised to learn that social work, psychology and law courses in Australia do not include compulsory domestic violence units, yet these degrees are key qualifications for work in the field," Prof Dragiewicz said.

"It's designed to provide an in-depth look at the latest studies to inform research, policy and practice in the field. It is a truly interdisciplinary course, drawing from criminology, law, social work, sociology, psychology, health and economics."


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