Nothern Rivers police would welcome domestic violence scheme
A NEW program designed to prevent domestic violence by disclosing a persons criminal history would be welcomed by police on the Northern Rivers.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme is a a police-led program intended to keep more people in the state safe and prevent further acts of domestic violence.
Lismore police Inspector Doug Conners said while the program is currently being trialled in four Local Area Commands in NSW, it would be a valuable initiative in every command if the trial proves successful.
"We would welcome the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme if it is rolled out across the state," he said.
"Any initiatives aimed at preventing domestic violence and keeping people safe in relationships would be welcomed by police."
Insp Conners said unfortunately domestic violence was all too common in the region.
"The Northern Rivers isn't different to any other command, policing domestic violence is a significant issue for police everywhere," he said.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Pru Goward launched the two-year pilot, announcing the state government's $2.3 million investment into the scheme on Wednesday.
"This is about preventing people from being kept in the dark about a partner's violent past and giving them the support to make informed decisions about their relationship," she said.
The program is the first of its kind in Australia.
Anyone who is in a relationship, or about to enter into a relationship, can apply for the program - but they're not the only ones.
A close friend, family member or colleague concerned about someone in a potentially abusive or violent relationship can also apply for disclosure, however the person in the relationship is notified and required to attend the disclosure.
The person inquired about will not be notified to reduce the potential for conflict.
Offences that will be disclosed include assault, murder and manslaughter, or if a person has previously breached apprehended domestic violence orders.
Anyone found to be in serious risk is notified within 48 hours, if the danger isn't serious, people will be notified within two weeks.
Juvenile offences, Apprehended Violence Orders and offences committed out of NSW will not be disclosed.