A BENDIGO man who grabbed his partner by the throat and threw her onto the ground has avoided a conviction.
The 39-year-old appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to two charges including unlawful assault.
The court heard on February 19, the man was at home with his partner and their three children. They were having dinner when the man started abusing the woman.
The man grabbed his partner by the throat and threw her onto the ground.
The woman called 000 and police arrived at the property that evening to see her and her partner standing outside of the property.
The woman had red marks around her neck and arms, and scrapes on her knees.
Officers told the man he needed to be brought to the Bendigo Police Station for a personal safety notice.
But the man became aggressive, telling his partner to grab him some cigarettes instead of cooperating with police.
Officers had to restrain him and take him to the ground to arrest him.
The court heard the victim made a statement of no complaint the next day.
Defence lawyer Christine Callaghan told the court both the man and the victim believed they were drinking too much alcohol at the time of the offending.
Ms Callaghan said the man was now abstaining from alcohol and there was a safety notice in place to stop him from committing family violence.
The defence lawyer said the man was seeing a psychiatrist for severe anxiety and a panic disorder.
Ms Callaghan submitted that the man had no prior convictions so he should be afforded a chance at a good behaviour bond.
Magistrate Megan Aumair said the offending was within range for a community corrections order.
But Ms Aumair said she would give him a bond so it would be "hanging over his head".
The man was sentenced to a 12-month good behaviour bond without conviction.
If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, the Centre for Non-Violence is available on 1800 884 292. Safe Steps is a 24-hour statewide crisis line, available on 1800 015 188.
If you or someone else is in danger, call 000.
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