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    Wickedly happy is that number across all of Australia or state specific?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roopee View Post
    No I haven't.

    BUT....as a kid who grew up in a DV household where my father used to beat mum on a nightly basis and me at least twice a week I always wished our neighbours would ring the police so they could make it stop.

    So god for you - don't for a second doubt your decision.
    I'm so sorry you and your Mum went through that Roopee. No one should be hit like that. I hope I am wrong about next door and it's "just" screaming, but even then it's not good for the kids to have to see it. Their screaming breaks my heart.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wickedly Happy View Post
    Listening to or witnessing DV is extremely distressing, on ANYONE; neighbours, other friends and family members, and especially young kids.
    Thanks for the info Wickedly Happy. I used to work for DOCS many years ago, so have strong feelings about child welfare and violence. I'm just sorry it took me a while to figure out which house to report.

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    Yep. Two years ago. People across the road from us. Two little kids, single mother and a very violent older son. He'd go off regularly (neighbourhood rumour had it he was a speed head). I learned the children's names via his shouting.

    My neighbour did what I would never recommend anybody do - on the night the young man broke his sister's leg and she was screaming the street down and everyone was standing around just looking, he went into the house and subdued the attacker and held him there until Police arrived...with dogs and Child Safety in tow.

    If you report and are prepared to sign a statement or follow it up, children will be moved to safety. But in our case, we found that you have to push it and we did so by signing statements at the Police Station. You've gotta hand it to DOCS/Child Safety workers. I was a blubbering mess that night reporting what I'd seen and yet these officers were so calm and straight to the point. I'd be hopeless in child protection. I'd be crying all the time.

    But absolutely report violence of any kind. Love the ad analogy - if you don't report abusers you might as well be helping them. So true.

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    Not for DV, but I've dobbed in a man we know for kiddie porn. The police were really great about it and referred it to Crime Stoppers.
    They said we could be compleely anonymous if we wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mummykitty View Post
    Wickedly happy is that number across all of Australia or state specific?
    The number I gave was for NSW only, but here are the numbers for each state:

    NSW: 132 111
    VIC: 13 12 78
    SA: 131 478. Or 13 16 11 (after hours)
    WA: 1800 622 258. Or. 1800 199 008 (after hours)
    TAS: 1300 737 639
    NT: 1800 700 250
    ACT: 1300 178 277
    QLD: 1800 177 135. Or enquiries line: 1800 811 810

    Please note, I found these numbers by searching the Internet. My apologies if any are incorrect.

    I also found this information about the identity of reporters:

    In most jurisdictions (Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania), the identity of notifiers - whether mandated or not - is explicitly protected. However, in some jurisdictions there are limits to this protection. For example, in the Northern Territory, the identity of reporters is not disclosed to families, but may be disclosed to the Family Matters Court upon request.

    From http://www.aifs.gov.au/nch/pubs/sheets/rs3/rs3.html
    Last edited by Wickedly Happy; 16-12-2011 at 21:13. Reason: Typos. I have an iPad.

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    A principal has requested the support of DoCs and other community workers to present an information night for parents & the school community to make them aware of the importance of protecting children in the community, including reporting suspected or witnessed DV where a child is present, to community & family services.

    Wish all education sectors would do this!


 

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