Five lives in two years: part one of our domestic violence investigation

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Domestic violence has claimed a fifth life in the Blacktown local government area in a little over two years.

Police believe Ioakima Sini was stabbed to death in Whalan when he went to the aid of a woman and child on Saturday, July 15.

SLAIN: Ioakima Sini was stabbed to death in Whalan on July 15. Police believe he was going to the aid of his neighbour and a young child. Picture: Supplied
SLAIN: Ioakima Sini was stabbed to death in Whalan on July 15. Police believe he was going to the aid of his neighbour and a young child. Picture: Supplied
Mr Sini, 50, has been remembered by his family as a loving father to his three sons and four daughters, and a good Samaritan who would often help others.

Billy Krey, 19, has been charged with his murder.

The killing is the fifth related to domestic violence in the area since May 2015.

Candlelight vigils were held after the deaths of Quakers Hill woman Linda Locke, Mount Druitt woman Kirralee Dugo and her unborn child, and Glenwood woman Harjit Kaur.

Blacktown Police Commander Gary Merryweather said one of the challenges with the high volume of domestic violence calls in the area was ensuring police do not get complacent.

“Every call has to be properly investigated. And we’ve got a lot of systems and processes in place to ensure that does happen,” he said.

“Victims need to feel secure and confident that they can report these offences…against someone you have an emotional connection with, and often a financial dependence on. It’s not an easy thing.”

NOT SILENT: Superintendent Gary Merryweather with Christine Lalor and domestic violence officer Constable Genelle Warne in 2013. Picture: Gene Ramirez
NOT SILENT: Superintendent Gary Merryweather with Christine Lalor and domestic violence officer Constable Genelle Warne in 2013. Picture: Gene Ramirez
Superintendent Merryweather said Blacktown Police had a strong relationship with local support agencies, and their five dedicated domestic violence officers were working with schools, businesses and religious organisations to help change attitudes.

“We could throw 100 police at this problem of domestic violence in Blacktown, but it’s not going to make much of a difference until we get the whole community on board,” he said.

“It’s a whole community approach and we all have to take responsibility.”

Blacktown Council, Blacktown Workers Club and Lander Toyota have joined NSW Police in becoming White Ribbon-accredited workplaces, which Superintendent Merryweather said was a sign they had recognised their responsibility as leaders in the area.

He said community attitudes had come a long way, but still had a long way to go. The NSW Police campaign ‘No Innocent Bystanders’ is an encouragement to always call triple-0 and report any domestic violence.

Source > http://www.blacktownsun.com.au/story/4810668/a-fifth-life-lost-to-domestic-violence/

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