Victoria Police, minister apologise to domestic violence victim after ‘appalling’ privacy breach



Domestic Violence Victoria acting chief executive Alison Macdonald said victims of police family violence faced “additional barriers to reporting and accessing safety”.

They are calling for alternative reporting avenues and additional safeguards to be put in place to ensure the safety of spouses of police officers is prioritised and investigations are trauma-informed.

“The way the system currently operates, it relies on victim-survivors reaching out to the perpetrator’s employer and potentially his colleagues for help and then trust that she will be treated fairly,” Ms Macdonald said.

“This can be an unreasonable expectation to place on victim-survivors when there’s a lack of transparency and accountability in the process.”

ABC News
17/6/2020