TWO Penrith chief inspectors have joined the Run Against Violence charity marathon this month as recent statistics revealed more than 1000 domestic violence incidents were reported within a year.
Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures show in the Penrith local government area there were 1060 incidents in the year to March 2017 – second only to Blacktown when compared with the rest of NSW.
Local chief inspectors Tracy Stone and Stuart Davis and eight of their colleagues from Blue Mountains and Penrith local area commands are running 1300km in 18 days to raise awareness and encourage victims to reach out.
“We deal with family and domestic violence issues daily,” Chief Insp Stone said.
“All our police are trained in domestic violence. It’s behind closed doors this type of violence happens and if my running raises awareness and gives someone the courage to come and speak to police, then I’m happy.”