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Police record 526 AVO breaches during Southern region blitz

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Police might be focusing on the roads this long weekend with double demerits now in force but they have also been keeping a close eye on domestic violence throughout the Southern region and will continue to do so.

More than 5,700 Apprehended Violence Order compliance checks have been conducted by officers since early April with 526 breaches recorded.

South Coast, Hume and Lake Illawarra among the police districts taking part.

Acting Southern Region Commander Greg Moore said police have been monitoring DV during the pandemic and will continue to have zero tolerance for the offence.

"Our officers have and will continue to actively knock on the doors of those known to police to keep perpetrators accountable for their actions and to show support for victims who often find themselves in vulnerable situations.

"We have been keeping a close eye on crime throughout this pandemic, and that includes those crimes committed within the home.

"Domestic violence is a criminal offence and we’re not just talking about physical assaults; it includes verbal, psychological, mental and emotional abuse.

"As well as targeting those with a history of offending, we will continue to act on information received from the community to ensure domestic violence perpetrators are dealt with swiftly and appropriately," Acting Assistant Commissioner Moore said.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic or family violence, multiple services are available to provide immediate support.

Available services include:

1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) is a confidential information, counselling and support service.

NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63) is a statewide telephone crisis counselling and referral service for women.

Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491) provide telephone counselling, information and referrals for men.

Link2Home (1800 152 152) can help refer women experiencing domestic violence to crisis accommodation.

Lifeline (13 11 14) is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

If you are in danger or in an emergency, always contact Triple Zero (000).

Police said the operation is expected to be run again later this year.

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