Violence more than a 'relationship issue'

Police officers at Dubbo and across the state showed their solidarity to "swear" against domestic and family violence yesterday, by wearing a white ribbon on their uniforms.

White Ribbon Day is an international cause aimed at ending violence against women and creating public awareness about the issues surrounding domestic violence.

Last year NSW police responded to more than 128,000 incidents of domestic violence.

Acting Commissioner Mark Murdoch, spokesperson for family and domestic violence, said the statistics did not reflect the real figures which indicated that only about one-third of domestic and family violence is ever reported.

He said in Australia, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner and one in three women over the age of 15 reports physical or sexual violence at some time in their lives.

On average, there are 36 domestic and family violence-related homicides in NSW each year, but only one in 10 victims was known to police to be in an abusive relationship.

Domestic and family violence, he said, was one of the largest-volume crimes that police deal with daily.

A video has been produced to raise awareness of the issues and to remind people that domestic and family violence is not a relationship issue, but a crime.

The video is currently featuring on the NSW Police force YouTube Channel.


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