If you hear something, say something.
That's the message from NSW Police, Crime Stoppers and the NSW Government on domestic violence as they kick off a joint six-week campaign.
Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Mark Speakman said the campaign comes after five women and one man were killed in domestic violence murders across NSW in the last eight weeks.
“The brutal killings of these innocent women are just another tragic reminder of this terrible scourge – the latest victim was only 18 years old,” Mark Speakman said.
“I’m calling on the community to be a lifeline for these victims. When you know there’s an emergency happening next door which requires an urgent police response, don’t hesitate."
“Your phone call could be the difference between that woman living and that woman dying.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the dedicated men and women in blue need the community to be their eyes and ears across our neighbourhoods.
“Police do an incredible job responding to emergencies 24/7, and domestic violence call-outs can be some of the most violent and volatile scenes they confront,” David Elliott said.
“But they can’t respond if they don’t know what’s happening. That’s why we’ve joined Crime Stoppers and police to ensure domestic violence is reported so police can attend, arrest perpetrators and ultimately save lives.”
Mark Speakman also told Radio Hunter Valley that when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, they believe there has been a lot of under reporting of domestic violence.
"I think we have, I say I think because the statistics are a little bit uneven. The police statistics on domestic violence assaults don't show an increase, they show DV assaults as fairly stable but we think there is a fair degree of under reporting in that,"
"When you look at the number of visits to my department's website and the average length of time on those website pages, each has gone up 36 to 37 per cent, calls to our DV line have gone up, calls to legal aid for assistance on domestic violence has come up as well so while its not showing up in police statistics it is showing up in a number of other areas," he said.
The NSW Domestic Violence line is a free 24/7 confidential support. Call 1800 65 64 63.
If you hear something, or see something suspicious call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or your local police.