Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Community Safety Murder Family Violence Call for Glen Eira Council, Melbourne to better protect victims of family violence Caulfield Glen Eira Leader September 9, 2015

Call for Glen Eira Council to better protect victims of violence

September 9, 2015 12:00am

The family of Nikita Chawla has called for greater support for victims of domestic violence.
A DISTRAUGHT Glen Eira family has called for better support systems for victims of family violence.
Tarang Chawla’s sister, Nikita, 23, died in January.
Her former partner, Parminder Singh, 29, has been charged with murder and has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental impairment.
The case is before the Supreme Court.
In an emotional letter to Glen Eira Council, Mr Chawla said his sister’s death had left behind a “distraught and heartbroken mum, dad and brother”.
The letter has prompted the council to investigate the need for a women’s refuge in the area.
Mr Chawla told the Leader that councils needed to do more for victims of domestic violence.
“The council needs to make accessing support easier for victims of violence,” Mr Chawla said.
More shelters “will help” but were only one way of tackling the problem, he said.
“It’s vital council also uses its influence and leads by example to change attitudes that lead to men’s behaviour towards women.”
Police received 560 calls to cases of domestic violence in Glen Eira in 2013-14 — 8 per cent more than the previous year
Cr Thomas Sounness said family violence was “horrifying” and a safe refuge was “really important”.
But Domestic Violence Resource Centre executive officer Virginia Geddes said refuges were only a short-term solution.
“We need more (women’s refuges) and affordable housing in particular for women fleeing violent partners,” she said.
Ms Geddes wants councils to display more public information about domestic violence and promote gender equality.
In December, police formed Taskforce Alexis to tackle family violence in Glen Eira, Kingston and Bayside.
If you or someone you know needs help, phone SafeSteps on 1800 015 188.


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