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No compulsion for paramedics to report domestic violence

Posted by: Nick McCallum | 10 December, 2012 - 5:20 PM
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The rate of domestic violence in Australia is a national disgrace.

One in five Australian women - 20 per cent – suffers domestic violence at least once in their adult lives. In an educated, affluent, modern society like ours, that is just appalling.

And a study by a Monash University researcher now reveals paramedics are arriving at more domestic violence situations, they’re crying out for more training to deal with them, and most importantly, support victims.

These paramedic are on the frontline of this and they need help. They should get proper, detailed ongoing training to help them cope.

But here’s what I can’t understand: Paramedics in Victoria are not compelled to report domestic violence to Police. That’s ludicrous. We need everyone working with every possible tool to beat this scourge.

LISTEN: General Manager of Regional Services, Ambulance Victoria Tony Walker speaks with Nick McCallum:

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