550 ‘most dangerous’ DV offenders arrested in NSW

NSW Police undertook a statewide operation targeting domestic violence offenders.

NSW Police undertook a statewide operation targeting domestic violence offenders. Photo: AAP stock image

More than 550 of the “most dangerous” domestic violence offenders in New South Wales have been arrested and charged during a four-day operation.

Operation Amarok VI ran from Wednesday to Saturday (15 to 18 May 2024), involving every police area command and district across the state.

Police laid a total of 1070 charges. Significantly, 226 of those arrested were wanted by police for serious domestic violence offences.

Other results were 1277 bail compliance checks conducted with 144 breaches detected, and 422 Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) served.

Minister for Police and Counter-terrorism Yasmin Catley said the statewide blitz sent a strong message to perpetrators of domestic and family violence.

“These results show how seriously the NSW Police Force take domestic and family violence — this abhorrent behaviour is not tolerated.

“Anyone who commits this heinous crime can expect a knock at their door.

Catley said almost 150,000 calls for assistance were made to police for domestic violence-related matters last year.

“This shows the severity of the situation, the huge amount of police time and resources that go into addressing this epidemic and how important it is for prevention, early intervention and crisis support services to work together.”

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Significant arrests

  • A 55-year-old man has been charged following the alleged assault on a 62-year-old woman at a residence on Mitchell Circuit, Port Macquarie on Wednesday 24 April.
  • A 53-year-old man was arrested in West Kempsey following an alleged domestic assault. About 12.50pm on 15 May it’s alleged the man and a 47-year-old woman had an argument inside a home on Colin Tait Avenue, West Kempsey. During the argument it’s alleged the man used an imitation firearm to threaten the woman before police were called.
  • A 32-year-old woman has been charged following the alleged assault of a 37-year-old woman at a residence on Leith Street, West Kempsey, about 10.30am on Thursday 16 May.
  • About 6.30pm on Thursday 16 May, police were called to a residence on Facey Crescent, Lurnea following reports of an assault. A 16-year-old girl was arrested at the scene was charged with two counts of common assault (DV) and two counts of contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO (domestic).
  • About 12pm on Friday 17 May officers attached to the Leichardt Police Area Command were called to a home on White Street, Lilyfield, following reports of an assault. Upon arrival, police were told a 23-year-old woman had allegedly assaulted a 27-year-old man. The man was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for treatment, while the woman was taken to Surry Hills Police Station where she was charged with common assault (DV). She was granted conditional bail to appear before Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday 29 May.
  • A man will be extradited to Sydney after being arrested in Queensland over an alleged domestic violence related assault. On 8 May, a woman was allegedly repeatedly assaulted at a home in Roselands. The woman was taken to Canterbury Hospital with fractured ribs, facial injuries, bruised kidney, as well as bruises to her torso and legs. Officers from Campsie PAC have been investigating the alleged incident. Following inquiries, Queensland Police arrested a 31-year-old man on 17 May 2024 after a warrant was issued for his arrest for the offence of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm (DV). Police will allege the man stomped on the woman repeatedly during the assault.
  • A 25-year-old man was arrested by officers from Coffs Clarence Police District after he allegedly assaulted a woman before then assaulting two officers when they attempted to arrest him. During the alleged incident, on 17 May, the man fled after assaulting the officers; however, was located and arrested a short time later.
  • A 23-year-old woman was arrested in Ivanhoe, in the state’s west, after she allegedly stabbed a relative about 2.30am on 17 May. A 37-year-old woman received multiple stab wounds to the abdomen, head, and back and was taken to a local hospital where police were called. The woman was later airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a critical condition. The younger woman was charged with wound person intend cause grievous bodily harm. She was bail refused to appear in Dubbo Local Court on 18 May.
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