Inroads being made into family violence: top cop

INROADS: Assistant Commissioner Jack Blayney says police are addressing domestic violence, but there's still a long way to go.

INROADS: Assistant Commissioner Jack Blayney says police are addressing domestic violence, but there's still a long way to go.

DOMESTIC violence remains a significant issue in the community but work is being undertaking to address the problem, according to police Assistant Commissioner Jack Blayney.

Speaking in Bendigo on Monday, Assistant Commissioner Blayney said police were making “small inroads” to tackle the issue.

“We’ve done a lot of work within Victoria Police,” he said.

“We’re doing a lot of work with the Department of Human Services, the Department of Health, the Department of Justice, local government and communities around what can be done to turn around family violence from being the significant issue that it is.

We’re making small inroads, but there’s a long way to go - Jack Blayney

“We’re making small inroads, but there’s a long way to go. All you need is these sort of incidents to come to fruition, all you need is a Luke Batty type incident where it really brings homes the significant psychological, emotional and violent nature of family violence that destroys families and destroys communities.”

The issue was considered a “no go area” for a long time, Assistant Commissioner Blayney said.

“It’s complex issue, but again we always would like to think that the community learns, individuals learn and governments learn and work together more closely around trying to address these issues,” he said.

Assistant Commissioner Blayney said recent the death of Fiona Warzywoda was an example of how tragic family violence could be. 

Her ex-partner Craig McDermott has been charged over her alleged murder. 

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