Court in the New Year

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A 27-year-old man will face court in January 2024 charged with family violence offences police allege he committed while remanded in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).

On 8 February, 2023, the man was remanded in AMC in relation to serious family and sexual violence offences, while he was also listed as the respondent of a Family Violence Order (FVO) on 31 March, 2023.

A condition of this order is that the respondent is prohibited from “contacting the protected person(s) unless and as agreed to by the Director General.”

Police allege that between 22 and 30 August, the man contravened the FVO by contacting protected persons via phone from the AMC numerous times.

The ACT Policing Family Violence Unit, working with the ACT Police Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Team and ACT Corrective Services, has charged the man with 10 counts of contravening a family violence order.

He is the fifth AMC detainee charged with family violence offences allegedly committed while on remand this year, following earlier incidents in June and July.

Police take all forms of family violence seriously, and continue to investigate this form of offending to ensure victims and the community are kept safe and offenders are held accountable.

Police understand the significant coercion and control exerted in relationships where family violence exists, and encourage anyone impacted by family violence to contact police and seek support.

If you are a victim of family violence or believe someone you know is the victim of family violence, you can contact police on 131 444 or Triple Zero (000) in an emergency, or attend any police station. You can also make a report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.

The following support services are also available:

ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service  02 6280 0900

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre 02 6247 2525

YWCA Canberra 02 6185 2000

ACT Government family violence services

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