Team out to help victims

Draw the line: Senior Constable Michael Cleaver from Liverpool police domestic violence investigation team. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Draw the line: Senior Constable Michael Cleaver from Liverpool police domestic violence investigation team. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

LIVERPOOL police now has a dedicated domestic violence investigation team.

Their role is to not only arrest and charge offenders, but also assist domestic violence victims.

Senior Constable Michael Cleaver said his station had always taken a strong stance against domestic violence.

"The creation of this unit allows us to more efficiently and effectively tackle domestic violence," he said.

"It's no secret that domestic violence will always be an issue. We'd like to encourage all those who are living in fear to come forward and report it."

Liverpool police also have multicultural and youth liaison officers who assist domestic violence victims.

"It's quite simple, domestic violence will not be tolerated by the NSW Police," Senior Constable Cleaver said.

"Those who commit acts will swiftly find themselves in court. They could be subject to apprehended violence orders and an array of criminal charges which could see them placed behind bars."

He said domestic and family violence could takes many forms.

"Essentially it is any form of violence that occurs between those that are in or have been in an intimate relationship," he said.

"This broad definition may cover non-criminal offences such as emotional manipulation or actions that make the victim feel fearful, through to criminal offences which range from intimidation, serious assault or even murder.

"Liverpool police are here to assist them [domestic violence victims] in anyway we can and we will use the full extent of the law to help them live without fear of domestic violence."

Details: If you are in immediate danger call 000 or domestic violence hotline 1800 656 463.

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