In Victoria, police operate under the Code of Practice. This code sets out guidelines for police to follow when they get a call to attend a family home because of violence in the home. Police have a number of options when there is adolescent violence in the home. These include:
Calling the police is usually the last thing you want to do as a parent. You may worry that your child could end up with a criminal record or matters will be taken out of your control. The reality is that police are called to thousands of homes every year because an adolescent is being violent.
Victoria Police’s Code of Practice for the Investigations of Family Violence can be found here.
If you are unsure how the police can help you, you can speak to a police officer about your situation. Family Violence Liaison Officers are specially trained to help people experiencing family violence. Youth Resource Officers can also help. Many police stations have one or both of these officers.