Stand up and speak out against family violence this festive season

Tasmania Police is asking community members to stand up and speak out against family violence this festive season.

The Christmas and New Year period brings people together, and for many Tasmanians this means spending more time with family, which can sometimes put extra stress on family life.

Inspector Craig Joel said Tasmania Police typically records its highest number of family violence incidents each year on New Year’s Day.

“We know that increased alcohol and drug consumption impacts on people’s behaviour and can lead to violence.”

Family violence includes behaviours like assault, sexual assault, threats, coercion, emotional abuse, economic abuse and property damage.

“Responding to family violence and family argument incidents is an increasing part of the daily job for Tasmania Police officers, as more people are finding the courage to report these types of matters.”

“People should not hesitate about contacting police if they need any assistance,” he said.

“All violence is unacceptable, and family violence will not be tolerated. If you hear, see or know of someone who is affected by family violence – stand up and speak out.”

Family violence incidents can be reported to the Family Violence Response and Referral Line by calling 1800 633 937, or by calling Triple Zero (000) in an emergency.