Warning: This article contains an account from a domestic violence situation and may be distressing to readers.
“Police, what is your emergency?”
“My mum and my mum’s boyfriend are having a fight. And I just need someone down to stop them.”
It starts like this. It’s a distressing call that doesn’t end well. But it’s important.
You can hear the shouts in the background. You can hear the change in little Brodie’s voice as the fighting grows louder.
Calls like Brodie’s are answered by Safe Steps, a family violence response agency, every three minutes.
Safe Steps know this is hard for many to fathom, but what’s more difficult to comprehend is this:
In just two years, the number of women and children that need to be removed from a dangerous, potentially fatal, domestic violence situation has risen by 86.09%.
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It’s a distressing statistic. But what’s worse is this: More and more women and children present as high risk cases each day. If their partner has access to weapons, if the partner threatens to kill the woman, if a child is harmed. These all constitute high risk scenarios.