What’s it like to work on the front line of Australia’s domestic violence crisis?
Senior Constable Melissa Reilly writes for Mamamia about her experiences:
I don’t think many people understand exactly what it is that I do when I say I’m a police officer.
I am one of three Domestic Violence Liaison Officers (DVLO’s) at the Leichhardt Local Area Command, based at Glebe Police Station in Sydney’s inner-west.
The DVLO role is the link between police who attend and then investigate incidents of domestic violence and the support for victims at court. I also have to liaise with the alleged offenders and their legal representatives at court.
It is the DVLO’s job to monitor, review and provide advice to the responding police on domestic and family violence incidents in the Local Area Command. When the police have attended a domestic violence incident, the DVLO will review their actions to ensure that the appropriate action was taken.
The DVLO also has to monitor domestic violence crime trends and legal action rates for domestic and family violence incidents within the Local Area Command, including identifying repeat victims and repeat or high risk offenders.
Each week the DVLO attends the court for the mention day for all the domestic violence related charges and Apprehended Violence Orders for our area, working closely with the police prosecutor and providing information and support to victims. We also communicate with the defendant or their representative with the aim of obtaining workable consent orders when required.