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New Victoria Police videos in different languages on family violence help

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 5 JUNE 2020: Victoria Police has today launched videos in additional multiple languages to encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to seek help if they are experiencing family violence.

Following the successful launch of the videos in English and 12 other languages last month, the videos are now available in an additional 13 languages: Hindi, Pashto, Khmer, Korean, Japanese, Serbian, Sinhalese, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, Malay, Somali, Russian and Polish.

The videos are now available in a total of 26 languages, which also includes English and 12 other languages: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dari, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Punjabi, Macedonian, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Assistant Commissioner of Family Violence Command Dean McWhirter acknowledged the current challenging times for the community and highlighted the different ways victims could seek support.

“People may be particularly vulnerable during these times as the community stays at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but home might not always be the safest place to be,” AC McWhirter said.

“We are releasing these videos to remind everyone in our community that Victoria Police continue to help people if they feel unsafe.

“If you or a member of your family does not feel safe, there are people you can talk to and support services available to help you.

“Everyone in our community should have information about the services available to them, especially in these particularly stressful times.

“Family violence is an underreported crime, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds may face additional barriers in reporting this crime to police.

“Language barriers can mean people may not have access to information or feel too intimidated to get the help they might need.
“These videos help raise awareness that family violence is a crime, help victims understand who they can speak to for support, and let victims know that they are not alone.

“If you are concerned that a family member or friend is experiencing family violence, take the time to check in on them in any way that is safe for you, and safe for them.”

In an emergency, always call Triple Zero (000). If English is not your first language, they will connect you to an interpreter.

The videos can be accessed from the Victoria Police YouTube page.

For more information about family violence in different languages, visit the Victoria Police website.

Source- Victoria Police Media Release, 5 June, 2020.

VIDEO: ‘Stay at Home’ family violence – there is no excuse

Source: Victoria Police media Hub, 13 May 2020.

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 13 May 2020: Victoria Police has launched a suite of videos in multiple languages to encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to seek help if they are experiencing family violence. The videos are available in English and 12 other languages: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dari, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Punjabi, Macedonian, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

These videos will soon also be available in an additional 13 languages: Hindi, Pashto, Khmer, Korean, Japenese, Serbian, Sinhalese, Spanish Tamil, Thai, Malay, Somali, Russian and Polish.

Assistant Commissioner of Family Violence Command Dean McWhirter acknowledged the current challenging times for the community and highlighted the different ways victims could seek support.

People may be particularly vulnerable during these times as the community stays at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but home might not always be the safest place to be,” AC McWhirter said.

“We are releasing these videos to remind everyone in our community that Victoria Police continues to help people if they feel unsafe.

“If you or a member of your family does not feel safe, there are people you can talk to and support services available to help you.

“Everyone in our community should have information about the services available to them, especially in these particularly stressful times.

“Family violence is an underreported crime, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds may face additional barriers in reporting this crime to police.

“Language barriers can mean people may not have access to information or feel too intimidated to get the help they might need.

“These videos help raise awareness that family violence is a crime, help victims understand who they can speak to for support, and let victims know that they are not alone.

“If you are concerned that a family member or friend is experiencing family violence, take the time to check in on them in any way that is safe for you, and safe for them.”

safe steps are available 24 hours a day to provide support over the phone or via email. They can also connect you with someone who speaks in your preferred language.

InTouch is also available to provide support services to women from multicultural backgrounds, including migrant and refugee women living in Victoria, who are experiencing or have experienced family violence.

If you or someone you know is feeling unsafe, please call the police. If you can’t get to a phone, you can ask somebody to do it for you.

In an emergency, always call Triple Zero (000). If English is not your first language, they will connect you to an interpreter.
Victoria Police will act to protect anyone harmed by family violence.

Victoria Police detect 790 family violence offences during pandemic

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 8 May 2020: Victoria Police has detected hundreds of family violence offences as it continues its efforts in protecting victims during the coronavirus pandemic.

A state-wide family violence operation dedicated to preventing and reducing family violence involves specialist detectives from the Family Violence Investigation Units checking in regularly with victims and monitoring high-risk perpetrators.

Operation Ribbon, which commenced on 13 April 2020, was set up to prevent the anticipated increase of family violence incidents as people stay at home with limited opportunities to access support.

Since the operation commenced, police have conducted 2433 checks, including 748 compliance checks on high-risk perpetrators, and spoken to 1693 affected family members across the state.

During these visits, 780 family violence offences were detected including breaches of intervention order and assault.

This has resulted in 100 people being charged and remanded for family violence-related and other criminal offenses. A further 98 people were also arrested to appear in court.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the dedicated operation was crucial in ensuring victims were safe during a particularly stressful time.

“While everyone is working together to tackle this global health pandemic, many in our community are experiencing an especially tough time,” CCP Ashton said.

“These results are a tragic reminder that while the home is supposed to be the safest place to be, we know for some, it is the most dangerous with people experiencing abuse at the hands of their loved ones.

“This operation is a stern reminder to perpetrators that we are watching and making sure they don’t cause harm.

“You can leave your home if that means you are escaping harm. Police will help you to do this.”

Operation Ribbon will continue during the coronavirus pandemic and into the future.

Law Council condemns Senator Malcolm Roberts of One Nation for saying the family courts are contributing to family violence

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MELBOURNE, 25 Sept, Medianet: The Law Council has condemned as dangerous suggestions by Senator Malcolm Roberts of One Nation that the family courts are contributing to family violence and called for family violence awareness training for all members of parliament.

“It is inappropriate to be blaming victims, the courts or judges for any person lashing out and hurting another person,” Law Council President, Arthur Moses SC, said today.

“Politicians must be careful not to use words that may incite those currently engaged in the system or dissatisfied with a court outcome to engage in violence.”

Mr Moses labelled as “irresponsible and plain stupid” comments by made One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts blaming the family law system for violence by men.

“These comments could incite violence against partners, children or judges of those courts, or provide excuses for some men to blame anyone else but themselves for hurting a partner or child. The comments of Senator Roberts will undermine, not assist, concerns being raised by some members of the community for law reform as to how custody matters can be dealt with in a less adversarial manner.”

“The Joint Select Committee Inquiry announced this week provides a critical opportunity for Parliament to examine holistic options to reform the system, including recent recommendations by the Australian Law Reform Commission. The Law Council has offered its support to the Inquiry but it needs to be free from bias and pre-determined outcomes.”

“But let me be clear – the Inquiry will have no hope of achieving any meaningful reform and will quickly lose support if it is overshadowed by these disgraceful comments or misguided by myths. Reform has to be based on facts not slogans.”

“This Inquiry must be about finding long-term solutions to a crippled family law system. This will assist vulnerable children, mothers, fathers, families and victims of family violence. Not apportioning blame or seeking to excuse the inexcusable.

“Cases of family violence are serious matters to be heard and determined by the courts and prosecuted by the police, not Parliament. If parties are unhappy with outcomes, these can decisions reviewed.

“I acknowledge Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Attorney-General Porter have said earlier comments reported by Senator Hanson about the raising of domestic violence issues in family cases were wrong. The reported comments by the Senator were plainly wrong.”

“However, Prime Minister Morrison, Attorney-General Porter and Committee Chair Andrews now need to condemn these latest remarks by Senator Roberts in the strongest possible terms and ensure the Inquiry is conducted in a manner that is safe and respectful. Otherwise, the situation will quickly deteriorate and this Inquiry will harm not help children, mothers and fathers” Mr Moses said.

“The Law Council strongly recommends all parliamentarians including those who participate in this Inquiry be provided with family violence awareness training at the outset to help them undertake their important roles in the Inquiry but also considering any recommendations from the Inquiry.

“This training is important to assist them to better understand these issues, engage appropriately with stakeholders, and reach meaningful policy solutions.”

“There is also an urgent need for additional funding for legal assistance and family violence services to help those most vulnerable people in our community in their time of need.”

Victoria’s family violence system to be overhauled

BY SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 29 March: The Daniel Andrews led Labor Government in Victoria is all set to build a better system to put family violence victims at the heart of new reforms it plans to implement. The reforms will emanate from the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence Report, tabled in Parliament today.

The state government plans to overhaul Victoria’s broken family violence system from the bottom up, with the help of the report.

It will implement all 227 recommendations stemming from the report – with work underway on recommendations around risk management and information sharing.

The government says: “We will establish 17 state-wide safety hubs, boost early intervention services and provide more specialist family violence services within courts. We will ensure stronger accountability for perpetrators, more resources for police, family violence training at hospitals and schools and an independent agency to hold governments to account.”

Premier Daniel Andrews said, “I refuse to look back in ten years’ time and admit that we could have done more to save innocent lives. We will get this right.
We will punish the perpetrators, listen to the survivors and change the culture that allows family violence to happen in the first place. There can be no more excuses. Our work begins today to overhaul our broken family violence system from the bottom up.”
“We will introduce new laws so that the privacy of perpetrators doesn’t trump the safety of victims. There will be a housing blitz for women in crisis, and more resources for schools to teach the next generation about respectful relationships.
Above all, we will put victims at the heart of our reforms. We will work with victims and survivors, and with the people and organisations that support them, to build a better system that will help prevent family violence and keep people safe,” says a media release from the Premier’s office.

Minister for Prevention for Family Violence Fiona Richardson said, “This report will change everything. We want to create a new system that helps prevent violence and gives victims and survivors the support they need.”

- SAT News Service.