Local domestic violence help team in top three for award
WORKING in a challenging niche has paid off for three of Tweed's finest, who were in the top three of the 2014 Sabine Altmann Memorial Award for NSW Police Domestic Violence Practitioner of the Year.
Tweed-Byron Local Area Command domestic violence liaison officers Keryn Chisholm and Jacqui Moroney and Aboriginal community liaison officer Bec Couch were nominated as a group for the award, which was announced this month.
Ms Moroney said she had been working for NSW police for 21 years.
"I went into the DV (domestic violence) role about two years ago as I needed a change from general duties policing," Ms Moroney said.
Ms Moroney said while it was sometimes a tough area to work in, it was rewarding to achieve results.
"It is a challenging and difficult area to work in at times but very rewarding to be able to support women through the justice system," she said.
While the trio made it into the top three, they didn't quite take out the award this year - but that hasn't stopped them from appreciating it.
"We all agreed that we were just doing our job," Ms Moroney said.
"But it's lovely to be acknowledged for our work.
"(We) feel very proud to have made it to the top three in the state.
"We were nominated for the consistently high legal action rate and our unparalleled support to victims of domestic violence."
Sabine Altmann, the award's namesake, was a regional domestic violence co-ordinator when she died in a car crash on the job.
Twelve domestic violence units received nominations for the award across NSW.
The trio attended the awards ceremony with Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione in Wollongong on December 2.