Victims of family violence can feel afraid to come forward. Victoria Police officers have specialist training and are equipped to support victim's through incidents and the investigative process. Justin Smith talks to police and staff in the Southern Metro Region about this process, from the front-line responders to detectives and prosecutors.
On average, a police officer responds to one family violence incident every six minutes in Victoria. Victoria Police has come a long way in developing its response to these crimes and are fortunate to have access to the first family violence simulation centre in Australia.
The Centre of Learning for Family Violence provides recruits with an unprecedented training experience, creating real-time scenarios to work through to enhance Victoria Police’s response to family violence incidents. #16Days of Activism #WeStandTogether
The Walk Against Family Violence, held annually on 25 November, marks the start of the internationally-recognised initiative 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.
The launch day also coincides with the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
More than 19,000 Victorian women reported being victims of assault or sexual offending last year. 75 percent were offended against by someone they knew. Victoria Police is proud to join communities across the globe in bringing much-needed awareness to gender-based violence and challenge the attitudes that support it.
Victoria Police will act to protect anyone harmed by family violence.
Reviewed 03 December 2019