Supporting families over the festive season

The festive season is a time where we spend more time with family and Tasmania Police recognises that this can sometimes place extra pressure on family life.

Members of the public are encouraged to be mindful of the pressures a busy Christmas and New Year period can have.

People should contact police should they require any assistance, including advice, which may stop an argument or incident occurring.

Attending family violence incidents is an increasing part of the daily workload for officers as more victims find the courage to come forward and report.

Inspector Brett Berry, of the Safe Families Tasmania Coordination Unit, said that police’s role in helping victims come forward cannot be underestimated.

“Quite often Police are the only people the victim will reveal their story to. Listening to them is much a part of the response as anything else,” Inspector Berry said.

“Family violence is unacceptable. If you hear, see or know of someone who is a victim of violence – stand up and speak out.

“Together we must show that we won’t tolerate family violence.”

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 emergency situations.