On Sunday, May 2, the Southern Highlands Domestic Violence Forum held the Expect Respect Golf Day at Moss Vale Golf Club.
Seventy-five players in 19 teams stood up against domestic violence, playing a four person Ambrose.
The course was looking great accompanied by stunning weather, with the community support by participants and sponsors illustrating the increased awareness and desire to prevent domestic and family violence.
Domestic violence is something that should not be tolerated within our community and those who attended were given an insight as to what the Domestic Violence Committee does to assist and support families, as well as educating the community about respectful relationships and where to get help.
Money raised from the events on the day will be used to support families and assist the local community.
The family home should be the safest place for us all, but that is not always the case. Domestic and family violence can occur behind closed doors.
For many years, a strong anti-violence message has led to this coming out from the dark, and offenders being placed before the court to account for their actions.
The NSW Police Force is committed to reducing the level of domestic and family violence in our community and improving our response to victims of crime.
Apprehended domestic violence orders are enforced now more than ever by the NSW Police Force both day and night.
Within the Hume Police District, officers have been targeting high risk and repeat offenders to ensure they are complying with relevant orders.
These efforts will continue, and zero tolerance will be taken against those breaching conditions of these Court Orders.
With the commencement of the STMP-III, an enhanced initiative to further reduce a DV offender's propensity to re-offend, high risk DV offenders will be the subject of positive targeting in order to act as a deterrence.
There is now no doubt in the mind of the community that domestic and family violence is criminal, not just to the victim, but to the extended family unit who are left to pick up the pieces and step in to support the victim.
Historically, domestic and family violence incidents have been under-reported, and a significant amount of work has gone in to ensure that the victims of crime feel comfortable reporting such incidents.
NSW Police Force are supported by several government and non- government agencies to ensure the best response can be given to those victims fleeing domestic and family violence.
Police and domestic violence frontline services are prepared and ready to support victims and their families.
If your safety is at risk, you know someone's safety is at risk or you see something that's not right, don't turn a blind eye. The consequences can be fatal.
Don't risk being the neighbour on the other side of the police tape wishing you had said something, told someone, or offered to help.
On May 17, Lifeline South Coast are holding a domestic and family violence public awareness session at 28 Bendooley Street Bowral, 11am to 1pm. Titled DV-Alert, it aims to help those understand the initial signs of domestic and family violence, and know how to respond appropriately and refer colleagues, friends and family members if necessary. For more information on these sessions lifelinesouthcoast.org.au
- Non urgent matters: Crimestoppers 1800 333 000
- Urgent: Triple Zero (000)
- National Sexual, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Service: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
- NSW Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 65 64 63