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More high risk offender teams tackling domestic violence

Last published on 08 Feb 2019 in Media releases

Domestic violence offenders will soon have even more police cracking down on them with extra specialist officers set to join the ranks.

Minister for Police Troy Grant and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward today announced 22 extra police will form additional Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Teams to proactively target offenders and support survivors across NSW.

"This significant investment will help protect some of the most vulnerable people in our community from the scourge of domestic and family violence, and is only possible thanks to the NSW Liberals & Nationals ongoing support for the NSW Police Force," Mr Grant said.

"We've committed a record $583 million for police to deliver 1,500 extra police over the next four years – and that means more officers on the front foot tackling key issues like domestic violence, before they escalate."

Ms Goward said, "This Government's approach to tackling domestic violence in NSW by targeting perpetrators with proactive policing is making a real difference, and we are seeing results that have not been observed elsewhere in Australia."  

"We will continue to provide record investment and more support and accommodation options to victims of domestic and family violence, whilst ensuring the perpetrators of this crime are held accountable," Ms Goward said.

NSW Police Corporate Sponsor for Domestic and Family Violence, Assistant Commissioner Mark Jones APM, said the Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Teams, established by NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller, are part of the strategy to target recidivist offenders and reduce reoffending rates.

"The High Risk Offender Teams have been rolled out across our six regions and have proven to be an invaluable resource for the NSW Police, targeting the most serious offenders and supporting the most vulnerable victims," Assistant Commissioner Jones said.

"It is important to have specialist police proactively targeting crimes of this nature, so we can effect change on the ground, and see a reduction in reoffending rates."

The NSW Government first launched Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Teams in October 2015, committing almost $22 million to establish six teams across the state.

Teams were progressively rolled out between August 2016 and November 2018 across all six policing regions.

In just 18 months, 680 offenders have been charged thanks to the work of the different regional teams (July 2017-December 2018).

Today's additional resources will compliment and strengthen the work of the existing teams, and be allocated according to operational assessments to where they'll be most effective.

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