8 May 2015

More training to protect family violence victims

2:52 pm on 8 May 2015

Police are beefing up staff training to ensure safety orders protect potential victims of family violence.

A police safety order puts temporary restrictions on a person whom officers believe is a threat, and may be involved in a domestic violence incident, even if there is not enough evidence to arrest that person.

But a recent report highlights problems with the orders, including victims being unwilling to report breaches of the safety orders, sometimes out of fear of further violence.

The national family violence manager Inspector Fleur De Bes said new initiatives would try to prevent that.

"Where they don't have those services we ensuring our staff make that follow up with them, so they're talking through what the document is and we're talking through what other options may be available for them in moving forward to make more positive change within their family."

Among the new measures are extra training for frontline officers to offer greater support to victims and increase follow-up visits to monitor breaches of the orders.

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