WONTHAGGI Police Station has launched a Family Violence Unit to combat domestic violence in Bass Coast and South Gippsland.
The two women heading up the unit are Leading Senior Constables Ann Barnes and Cathy Garnham.
Wonthaggi Police Station receives on average two to three calls every day for assistance with domestic violence.
There are no predictable times, offenders verbally attacking, threatening or assaulting at any time.
“It’s about breaking the cycle of domestic violence and making perpetrators responsible,” Ld Snr Const Barnes said.
“It’s dealing with repeat offenders, assisting affected domestic violence persons and holding the perpetrators to account.”
The unit will also assist in connecting people with services such as SalvoCare and the Department of Human Services.
The Royal Commission into Family Violence showed there was a need for the units statewide.
Ld Snr Const Garnham said they can also assist people going to court.
“We’ll be there at court if needed so if anyone goes to court, we can offer some help or direct them to the right spot.”
The unit will work to reduce all types of domestic violence crimes in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland regions, from verbal attacks to assault, stalking and threats to kill.
If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic violence, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), your local police station or if you require police attention, triple zero (000).