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Domestic violence on the decline, but ‘our work’s not done’

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New data shows the rate of domestic violence in New South Wales is on the decline, but police admit the job’s not over yet.

Acting Deputy Commissioner and NSW Police Spokesperson for Domestic and Family Violence Mark Jones tells Ray Hadley “there’s been a very positive downturn” in the number of domestic violence reports.

But he admits “our work’s not done in this area, and one assault is way, way, way too many”.

“We still have a very strong message about we’re here to help and anything you believe is going on, ring us and we’re there to assist.”

“We just want to be careful, we don’t get too excited… we want to make sure we maintain our focus.”

Ray makes the point that while the figures show a decline, it could just mean fewer people are reporting.

The Acting Deputy Commissioner assures him there is no change in the willingness to report.

He also reinforces community attitudes need to change.

“We want people to know it’s never the victim’s fault, always the offender’s fault.”

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If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers on  1800 333 000.