It’s time to get tough on family thugs
DOB family violence thugs in.
That's the message from the state's top cop who says Tweed residents need to tell police when domestic violence perpetrators breach court orders.
There were 655 DVO transgressions across the Northern Rivers between January 2014 and June this year.
An APN Newsdesk analysis of police data reveals Tweed had the highest number of Apprehended Domestic Violence Order breaches, with 297 recorded over the 18 months.
Lismore had 159 breaches, with 93 in Ballina, 88 in the Richmond Valley and 18 at Kyogle.
New South Wales Police domestic violence spokesman Acting Superintendent Guy Flaherty acknowledged not all breaches were being reported.
"These figures are concerning because history has shown that there are links in relation to domestic violence and homicides," he said.
"Those Apprehended Violence Orders are in place to give some protection to people who need it."
Supt Flaherty said the community needed to take a stand if they saw something untoward.
"There are areas where intimidation about domestic violence does occur and it does not get reported," he said.
"We would encourage people who witness this to ensure that they report it to police, so we can break the cycle."
He said some breaches could land perpetrators in jail for a long time.
"There are hefty terms in prison - up to five years - for people who breach certain types of orders," he said.
If you or someone you know needs help, phone DV Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800RESPECT on 1800737732.
THERE has been a small drop in domestic violence-related assaults across the Tweed-Lismore region.
There were 78 fewer attacks in the 12 months to June 2015 than in the same period in the previous year.
To June 2015 there were 965 assaults compared to 1043 to June 2014.
Statewide, domestic assaults rose 2%.
Researchers say Australian police handle about 382 family violence cases daily.
Across the nation, the epidemic is believed to have claimed more than 50 lives this year.
Mental health experts say a recent Senate report into domestic violence should have called for the reinstatement of support services funding including emergency accommodation and mental health services.