A special case team of eight detectives has been formed to bring more domestic violence perpetrators to justice and empower their victims.
They have started their own database, looking at offenders with multiple “intimate partner victims” across a number of districts over an extended period of time.
“This isn’t within a dysfunctional family, it’s someone moving discreetly from one relationship to another, where there may or may not be kids, and just causing carnage as they go along,” said Det-Supt Sue Young, of the crime investigation standards and family violence division.
Their initial list of offenders with two or more victims consisted of 1165 names. That list was reduced to a more serious cohort of 131 offenders, with the team targeting 21 perpetrators who have had three or more “intimate partner” victims. One offender has had eight victims.
The team, based on a Scottish model Victoria Police also use, will go to other agencies to build a full picture of the offenders. It’s expected the team’s investigative work and careful and pro-active approach will result in more victims coming forward.
This article was written by Kate Campbell and has been copied from here.