Victoria Police family violence adviser Sergeant Margaret Singe has plenty of tips to help victims of domestic violence keep themselves safe.ELAINE COONEY March 12, 2014 4:05am
When victims of domestic violence ask the police for assistance, it is Victoria Police’s family violence adviser Sergeant Margaret Singe’s place to check everything is done correctly and the victim is safe.
She said reported cases of family violence in the Campaspe region rose from 277 in 2011 to 305 in 2012 and 392 last year.
Sgt Singe said media campaigns highlighting the issue and people feeling more comfortable reporting domestic violence were the main reasons for the higher numbers.
She sees everything from verbal assaults, pushing and shoving, minor assaults and serious assaults.
Her advice to victims is to contact police or Bendigo’s Centre for Non-Violence as soon as possible to get the appropriate help.
She said neighbours of violent household usually knew what was happening.
Sgt Singe said while it may be a difficult subject to discuss with friends, she advised victims of domestic violence to share their fears with neighbours.
She said it was a good idea to ask neighbours to call the police if they heard any trouble.
‘‘Quite often family violence victims are not able to get to the phone to ring,’’ she said.
She said victims did not need to fear making a police report and being sent back to the same home as the perpetrator.
Sgt Singe said when making exclusion orders police monitored the level of fear the victim displayed rather than investigating for solid proof of violence.
She said physical violence did not need to occur to take out intervention orders.
Fear due to verbal threats was also a valid reason for the orders.
Sgt Singe it was easier to remove the perpetrator rather than the victim and children.
When it came to ensuring a child’s safety, she said a child could be included on the intervention order and offered immediate protection.
She said this could be done at any time of the day or night.
Sgt Singe advised victims to call 000 if they were in immediate danger.
Read the full feature in this week’s Campaspe News.
Two men charged over the armed robbery of a Shepparton service station have been remanded in custody until next week.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Echuca College students Calum Pearson, Luke Judd, Kiriana Epararma, Harriet Nilon, Kyle Melhuish and Stephanie Chong are heading to China.
A former Rochester resident is helping women with their confidence and their horses.
Accusations of bullying, disrespect and dangerous conduct.
And the school's best all-rounder for this year.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
District residents are being invited to enjoy Oktooberfest celebrations at Tooborac Hotel and Brewery.
Momentum builds for the greatest show in Cobram, with young and old expected to lap up family attractions in sunny conditions.
Water users have welcomed the governments' announcement of a $350 million package for new irrigation efficiency programs in NSW, but say water availability is in need of improvement.
Farmers and anyone interested in big boys’ toys will be fascinated to check out an unmanned helicopter in action at an Ardmona orchard.
Judge comments, If I were single, I'd marry this steak!
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.