Tweed Valley Women's Service support officer Carol Graham at the Murwillumbah centre.
Tweed Valley Women's Service support officer Carol Graham at the Murwillumbah centre. Alina Rylko

Safer Pathways to have your AVO lodged

DOMESTIC violence workers and police have praised a $2.3m program launched on the Tweed in July which targets suspected and high-level perpetrators.

Tweed was one of four places in the state at which Safer Pathways was rolled out.

Acting crime manager Sergeant Laurie Moroney said the police’s fortnightly meetings with community services had met its objective by identifying high-risk offenders. He welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s $100m pledge this week to fight domestic violence.

“The whole country is getting our act together,” he said.”

Tweed Valley Women’s Service support worker Sally Hassell said Safer Pathways was allowing victims to successfully lodge AVOs.

“Prior ... we’d have women go to police stations and be turned away. Women being told there’s not enough evidence, getting the wrong type of police person handling it and just coming out in tears and frustration.

“Another stumbling block we had was we did not have enough policing staff at Murwillumbah (to take statements for AVOs).”



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