VIDEO: Zero tolerance their promise

EVEN Parramatta crime manager Detective Inspector Frank Gilroy has taken up swearing — "never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women" — that is.

It is his White Ribbon oath.

"Taking the oath reminds you that domestic violence against women, and in general, will not be tolerated," he said.

Holroyd's acting crime manager, Detective Inspector Dietmar Almer, discusses the importance of taking the White Ribbon Oath in our video, above.

In the Parramatta local government area, there were 665 recorded incidents of assault (domestic violence-related) from July 2010 to June 2011 and 711 for July 2011 to June 2012.

For breach apprehended violence, there were 265 and 243 recorded incidents.

In the Holroyd local government area, there were 446 recorded incidents of assault (domestic-violence related) from July 2010 to June 2011 and the same for July 2011 to June 2012.

For breach apprehended violence order there were 142 and 178 recorded incidents, respectively.

"We will take action, that's evidenced by those figures," Detective Inspector Gilroy said.

Parramatta local area command has one domestic violence liaison officer while Holroyd has two.

"They attend court with the victims, review domestic violence reports to ascertain repeat offenders, and follow up with victims to make sure they are still in a safe environment even after an AVO is granted," Holroyd's acting crime manager, Detective Inspector Dietmar Almer, said.

He said police could spend 24 hours looking for a suspect when an assault was reported.

After that it's passed on to the domestic violence unit who are specialists in the field.

Both crime managers encouraged neighbours to contact the police if they suspected domestic violence.

"The important thing is that we get told about it, so we can put a stop to it," Detective Inspector Gilroy said.

Both commands attend a bi-monthly meeting of the Parramatta Holroyd Family and Domestic Violence Committee.

Its aim is to discuss prevention ideas with a range of community groups.

■ Take the White Ribbon oath at whiteribbon.org.au/myoath.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CAN INCLUDE:

■physical assault;

■sexual assault (being forced to have sex or participate in sexual activities, including watching);

■emotional abuse (making you feel worthless,  threatening to hurt you, your children or pets);

■verbal abuse;

■social isolation;

■damaging property (furniture, the house, pets) to threaten/intimidate you;

■financial abuse (not giving you enough money to survive on, forcing you to hand over money).

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