‘No miracle cure’, but most apprehended domestic violence orders work

Domestic violence, through the eyes of a child, portrayed in a video by Sutherland Shire Family Services.

Domestic violence, through the eyes of a child, portrayed in a video by Sutherland Shire Family Services.

New research shows apprehended domestic violence orders put a stop to the violence, intimidation and harassment in four out of five cases.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research showed the breach rate was well below the 50 per cent figure quoted in past media reports.

The bureau tracked apprehended domestic violence orders (ADVOs) granted between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, taking care not to count multiple breaches of the same order.

The breach rate was found to be five per cent for provisional orders, nine per cent for interim orders and 20 per cent for final orders, which are much longer in duration.

Most breaches involved only one incident per order.

“ADVOs are not a miracle cure, but in four out of five cases they put a stop to the violence, intimidation and harassment,” bureau director Dr Don Weatherburn said.

Figures released this year revealed, in six months from August 2015 to January 2016, there were 2753 domestic violence incidents recorded in St George and Sutherland Shire.

The release coincided with the release of a second video in the Pull Ya Head In campaign, developed by Sutherland Shire Family Services.

The four minute short film, called What I See, shows domestic violence through a child’s eyes.

Sutherland Shire is the backdrop for the video, which encourages men to stand up to family, friends and neighbours engaging in domestic violence.

Video: youtu.be/B2h_PO9subA

Copies of the report: bocsar.nsw.gov.au

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