‘But there is a long way to go’
BANKSTOWN police targeted high-risk domestic violence offenders in a two-day operation leading up to Christmas.
During Operation Resolve police conducted 2047 proactive domestic violence-related taskings and 1004 apprehended violence order compliance checks across south west Sydney. Officers also spoke to over 1000 protected persons, with 41 high risk victims visited to ensure their safety.
Bankstown Police Area Commander, Superintendent Murray Reynolds, said a similar operation conducted in December last year saw a significant reduction in the incidence of domestic violence over the holiday period.
“This type of community engagement sees tangible results, which is why our officers will continue to check on victims and talk with offenders about their responsibilities,” he said.
“NSW Police is committed to ensuring the safety of domestic violence victims and their families, and to lowering the risk of perpetrators re-offending.
“Domestic violence is a criminal offence, whether it’s physical assaults, or verbal, psychological, mental or emotional abuse.
“Our officers will continue to target those who breach orders or continue offending and keep them accountable for their actions.”
Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Jones said police would continue to work towards stopping the cycle of violence against women.
“I’m proud of the proactive and positive change our officers are enacting in this space, but there is still a long way to go,” he said.
“One victim of domestic violence is one victim too many.
“Police take all reports of domestic and family violence very seriously, and I’d encourage victims to come forward.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind the community of their obligation to report all incidents of criminal activity.”