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> C R IME PR EVENTION: D OM ES T IC V IOLENC E

Inspector Peter Worth, Senior Constable Karen Fielke and Detective Senior Constable Rebecca Hughes from MAPS. Photo: SAPOL Photographic Section.

MAPPING OUT AN EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE The prevention of domestic violence is not solely a police responsibility. Integrated action with non-government and public sector agencies, together with the community, is essential. Introduced in July 2014, the Multi-Agency Protection Service (MAPS) is a SAPOLled integrated information sharing model to manage domestic violence and related child protection matters. MAPS shares information on all high risk domestic violence matters and a small percentage of medium and standard risk matters between SAPOL, Department for Correctional Services, Department for Education and Child Development, Department of Child Protection, Department

for Communities and Social Inclusion, and SA Health. By collectively assessing, analysing and responding to emerging domestic violence matters reported to SAPOL, MAPS aims to reduce the incidence and impact of domestic violence in the community. “MAPS’ primary objective is to ensure incidents of domestic violence and related child protection matters are prevented through the sharing of intelligence and information,” Detective Superintendent Shanahan said. “By co-locating participating agencies under one roof we facilitate real-time information sharing, risk assessments and allocation of responses to minimise risks to victims and vulnerable people. “MAPS has identified and intervened in situations that could easily have escalated and resulted in harm to those involved.”

MAPS has won praise nationally, including from prominent anti-domestic violence campaigner and former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, whose 11-yearold son Luke was murdered by his father in 2014. “There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this will save lives,” Ms Batty said. “If this kind of service had been operating for Luke and I, the outcome could have been very different.” Arman Abrahimzadeh is also supportive of the MAPS concept. His mother Zahra was callously murdered by her husband Zialloh in 2010 despite having taken out apprehended violence orders against him after her and her three children were subjected to decades of abuse. “I have visited the MAPS office many times and have seen this initiative grow from infancy to the complex and effective unit it is today. MAPS is helping many victims of abuse and violence, not just those in intimate partner relationships,” Mr Abrahimzadeh said. “MAPS and the other initiatives implemented since my mother’s death highlights SAPOL’s leadership in domestic violence and the positive cultural change and greater understanding taking place within SAPOL and the broader community. “It’s important that people know there is help available so we can prevent more senseless deaths from domestic violence.”

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Blueprint magazine Issue 1 2017  

Blueprint is South Australia Police’s official magazine. In each issue you will find informative and engaging articles covering a broad rang...

Blueprint magazine Issue 1 2017  

Blueprint is South Australia Police’s official magazine. In each issue you will find informative and engaging articles covering a broad rang...