Australian police forces have a domestic violence problem and we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An ABC News investigation has found police in Australia are too often failing to take action against domestic violence perpetrators in their ranks, fuelling a culture of impunity in law enforcement agencies across the country and putting victims’ safety at risk.

With evidence suggesting police are at least as likely to perpetrate domestic violence as the general population, experts say the figures are likely to be just “the tip of the iceberg”, and highlight how difficult it can be not only for victims to report abusers in police ranks, but to get police to take action against their own. In the year ending June 2019, for instance, there were roughly 37 domestic and family violence offenders per 10,000 persons in NSW. Yet of more than 17,000 officers employed by NSW Police, last year just 11 were charged.

 

Source: Australian police forces have a domestic violence problem and we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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