Seven people arrested for family violence offences overnight


ACT Policing has charged seven Canberrans with various family violence offences, including assault, property damage, harassment and trespass, after several incidents yesterday. 

In one incident, a 28-year-old woman was charged with four counts of assault after allegedly striking her male partner several times, causing significant injuries. 

In another, a 57-year-old man was arrested after his alleged assault of his female partner was caught on CCTV at a hospitality venue in Phillip. 

An 18-year-old man was charged with using a carriage service to harass after police observed dozens of messages allegedly sent by the man included threatening and harassing content. 

Detective Sergeant Sam Norman from the ACT Policing Family Violence Unit said family violence can present itself in different ways. 

“Even after a victim has ended the relationship abuse can still occur, as we have seen in a few of the matters over the weekend,” Detective Sergeant Norman said. 

“While many incidents do present as assaults, police also see a range of behaviours, such as threatening messages or conduct, property damage, or trespassing as other forms of abuse, intimidation, and control offenders exert on their victims.  

“If you are in this situation – when it is safe to do so – please contact police on 131 444 or Triple Zero (000) in an emergency, or contact a support service who can assist with crisis support, safety planning and advice.” 

If you require assistance, you can contact:   

  • Triple Zero (000) in an emergency or life-threatening situation.  

  • Police Assistance on 131 444 if it is a non-emergency, but you require police assistance.  

  • The Domestic Violence Crisis Service provides a 24-hour crisis line, advice, safety planning and information every day of the year and can be reached on 02 6280 0900.  

  • The Canberra Rape Crisis Centre provides a 24-hour crisis line and can be contacted on 02 6280 0900.  



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