New England police create second domestic violence officer position in Armidale

Backing the cause: New England Detective Inspector Ann Joy. Photo: Breanna Chillingworth

Backing the cause: New England Detective Inspector Ann Joy. Photo: Breanna Chillingworth

Domestic violence accounts for almost half of all police work in the New England.

Between October, 2014, and September, 2015, 51 per cent of all of the command’s domestic violence assaults were recorded in Armidale.

New England Detective Inspector Ann Joy said the figures didn’t even include breaches of apprehended violence orders (AVOs), intimidation or verbal offences.

“Each day would involve a dozen or so domestic-related calls,” she told Fairfax Media.

“It would be close to 50 per cent of all out police work.”

It would be close to 50 per cent of all out police work. - Detective Inspector Ann Joy

The increased reporting of domestic violence has seen the command employ a new domestic violence officer – one of two now based in New England.

Backing the cause: New England police join community members in a march against domestic violence in Inverell, last year, for White Ribbon Day.

Backing the cause: New England police join community members in a march against domestic violence in Inverell, last year, for White Ribbon Day.

“The greater percentage of work to do is in Armidale,” Detective Inspector Joy said.

“You take into account the reported incidents and the follow ups, and appearances in court and the incidents behind closed doors, there is quite a significant number.

“We want the community to work with us on domestic violence issues and we know they need to trust police.”

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