AVO police checks in order

Gunnedah Police are conducting compliance checks on apprehended domestic violence orders as part of a state-wide campaign to help drive down statistics.

Police said domestic violence offenders with an AVO in place are nominated for the checks if deemed to be high risk of breaching orders.

“We do spot checks, the offenders are advised that this will occur,” Gunnedah police sergeant Mark Benson said.

“It’s across the Oxley command and western region.

“Oxley is unfortunately one of the highest when it comes to domestic violence – there is a real over representation.”

Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research’s (BOCSAR) latest report details domestic violence-related assaults were one of the only crime categories that saw an increase in the Gunnedah area.

Twenty more incidents were reported to total 79 in the 12 months to March 2017.

“If they have breached them in the past or deemed at-risk, a risk assessment will be done,” sergeant Benson said.

“We will go around and advise the victim and the offender, that this is going to occur, and then we will make random spot checks and inquiries to make sure there hasn't been any breaches and that people are complying with orders.”

Gunnedah police are currently completing compliance checks on two local offenders.

“As things progress, no doubt we will have more,” sergeant Benson said.

The program was rolled out across the Oxley Local Area Command on May 1 in order to target recidivist domestic violence offenders.