Zero tolerance: Calls to end violence against women

STAND up, speak out.

This was the mantra of White Ribbon Day on Friday, which calls for an end to violence against women. 

A pervasive problem, on average one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. 

One in two women have experienced sexual harassment during her lifetime, and one in five have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15. 

Swan Hill Police have had three additional detectives appointed to full time positions specifically targeting crimes related to family violence.

Swan Hill Police have had three additional detectives appointed to full time positions specifically targeting crimes related to family violence.

Swan Hill itself ranked third in the state for domestic violence incidents this year, the sixth year running the region has appeared within the top five local government areas for domestic violence incidents. 

Swan Hill Family Violence Investigation Unit Detective Sergeant Mal Simpson told The Guardian family violence was a key focus for the local station, and extra resources were increasingly being directed towards the problem, following the roll out of Family Violence Investigation Units (FVIU) across the state. 

"Swan Hill Police have had three additional detectives appointed to full time positions specifically targeting crimes related to family violence," Det-Srg Simpson said. 

Det-Srg Simpson said a further rollout of FVIU detectives was expected next year, on top of two additional detectives already attached to the Swan Hill Sexual Assault Child Abuse Unit (SOCIT). 

To read more of this story, grab a copy of the November 26 edition of The Guardian. 

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