EXACTLY HOW SERIOUS IS VICTORIA POLICE ON FAMILY VIOLENCE?

I’m quite seriously in disbelief at this letter from Victoria Police in response to a complaint being made by a member of the public (a mother of three) for a breach of intervention order by the victim’s ex-husband, who attended the victim’s address without warning, even though a court-ordered IVO prohibits the respondent from approaching within 10 metres of the victim or 200 metres of the victim’s address. The officer, a Constable Sandro Lombardi, from Prahran police station, suggests the victim varies the order so that the respondent can “drop off the kids” to the address, even though a child protection order under the Family Law Act was in place outlining that any communication regarding the children, was to be via a lawyer, police or text message and that the dropping off and picking up, of the children, was to take place in a designated public place with a third party present.

Yeah, no problems, Lombardi. The respondent of the order attempted to strangle the victim in front of their three children (all aged under 6), leaving the victim fearing for her life and safety, which is why the magistrate stipulated in the intervention order strict proximity conditions for the respondent not to approach within 10 metres of the victim or 200 metres of the victim’s address, but “hey, vary the conditions, because we’re going to ignore any breaches of the order and override the magistrates’ court”.

Am I imagining all this? Are the police permitted to do this? Am I overreacting? In a climate where Chief Commissioner Ken Lay has declared war on violence against women and family violence? Quite seriously, I want to know, are the police actually within their rights to ignore and override a court-issued IVO?

I don’t even want to entertain the thought of how widespread this type of handling is throughout VicPol and how many other victims of similar crimes are subject to this kind of response.

The Letter

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The court-issued IVO

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About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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