If you see or hear something, say something.
That's the message Southern Highlands Police want the community to embrace, as police increase their focus on the prevention of domestic violence.
Southern Highlands Police officer-in-charge Inspector John Klepczarek urged people to call police immediately if they were concerned about a neighbour's welfare.
"It's far better to ring and protect others' wellbeing or prevent another incident," he said.
"You can make these calls anonymously. As we keep saying, it's far better for people to make the call than to not make the call."
Breach of AVO has increased 60 per cent per year over a two-year period in the Wingecarribee Shire, according to new Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures.
The reports represent one-off breaches of AVO and not repeat offences, and relate to those in personal relationships.
Inspector Klepczarek said the rise in reports was due to an increased police focus on targeting AVO breaches, and a stronger stance on breaches that related to contacting the AVO holder via phone or social media.
"Police have become very proactive in making sure people are complying with [AVOs]," he said.
"We're getting to the point where we go knocking at people's door to check that they are complying with the conditions. Previously breaches were brought to our attention through people breaching the AVO."
For counselling and support, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491.
Call Southern Highlands Police on 4869 7899 to report a crime.
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