Charleville women will have the opportunity to attend an event that is all about learning to protect themselves when put in compromising situations. This follows a neighbourhood watch meeting, where one of the big issues was domestic violence.
Domestic violence is an issue that graces all walks of life – it doesn’t discriminate, and quite often the victims remain silent for far too long.
However, legislation is changing, and Constable Christian Moore of Charleville Police, says it’s positive news.
“Domestic Violence penalties are increasing with the new legislation and they’re getting tougher on repeat offenders that continue to breach their orders, which is a good thing,”
“This change in legislation will be coming into effect on the 22nd of November 2015,”
“Domestic violence has always been around, but these days people are now not accepting it, and they’re learning to speak up,” he says.
Domestic violence can affect both women and men, and quite often the traditional view of domestic abuse revolves around violent physical acts, but Constable Moore says it is so much more then that.
“Domestic violence is more then what the traditional view is, of physical violence. But it’s more then that, it’s controlling behaviour, it’s intimidating, it’s controlling the money, it’s not giving you access to your children. So people need to be a bit more understanding that the issue is a lot broader, rather then just violence”
“Police go to the domestic violence incident, we will then investigate the incident, and if deemed necessary, police will take out an application on one of those people and that will go to court. Said people will both have the opportunity to go to court and give their version of events and the court will then make an order which will be enforceable by police. If that order is then breached, by one of the people then police will charge then for breaching an order,” he says.
On November 17th at 11am, a session about teaching women on how to protect themselves if the time ever comes, will be held at the Bidjura Conference Hall. Constable Chloe Guillotte says people tend to get complacent with their own homes.
“In small towns you do find that people start to get complacent. A lot of people don’t lock their doors or they get home and they leave their wallet right in front of the door, so it’s just so tempting for some one to come in,”
“If you do get attacked by someone, this session is going to teach you what to do to defend yourself and protect yourself – which everyone can benefit from,” she says.
All women are invited to attend this information session, which has been generously organised by Karen Edwards.