What do police do at a family violence incident?
Police will assess risk and work out what protection is needed by:
- asking if everyone is safe
- speaking to each person on their own and they may speak to children
- asking what has been happening now and in the past
- checking if, due to the violence, anyone needs medical attention and
- taking note of any damage
- making referrals for each individual.
Police are required to ask if anyone, including children, identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can indicate if they prefer mainstream or Aboriginal services.
Police may also ask if anyone has a disability, or any medical or other needs, that they are happy to disclose, that are relevant to safety or the police response.
Please tell police your communication needs. If you have difficulty speaking or understanding English, police can seek an interpreter.
Police will make an assessment of risk, considering past family violence and any recorded criminal history.
They will identify who is being harmed most (the victim or affected family member) and who is the main person harming others (the primary aggressor or 'other party').