ACT Policing continues to support the victims of family violence incidents with more than 70 arrests made in November.
Associated with the arrests – 185 charges were laid, with assault and breach of family violence orders accounting for a majority of the charges.
Victims were referred to emergency crisis support provided by ACT Domestic Violence and Crisis Support and will receive ongoing assistance from ACT Policing’s Family Violence Unit and ACT Policing Victim Liaison Officers.
Officer in Charge of ACT Policing’s Family Violence Unit, Inspector Dave Williams, said these figures were not unusual to see each month for this crime type.
“Unfortunately, seeing a high volume of arrests and charges laid relating to family violence offences is not uncommon,” Inspector Williams said.
“Police respond to various forms of family violence each day including assault, sexual assault, property damage, and threats.
“We understand how confronting and scary each incident can be, and we urge victims experiencing any form of family violence to come forward.
“You are not alone. Police and other support services are available and in place to assist victims of this awful crime.”
Police take all reports of family violence seriously, and continue to investigate all forms of offending to ensure victims and the community are kept safe and offenders are held accountable.
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