20 May 2024

70-year-old man, 30-year-old woman allegedly choke partners in separate incidents

| Albert McKnight

Two people have been charged over alleged family violence incidents from the weekend. Photo: Claire Fenwicke.

CONTENT WARNING: This article refers to alleged family violence.

A man and a woman have been arrested over separate alleged family violence incidents from the weekend in which both have been accused of choking their partners.

ACT Policing allege a 70-year-old man choked his partner after a verbal argument at their home in Bruce at around 8:30 pm on Saturday (18 May).

Officers arrested him that evening and charged him with aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm as well as choking, suffocating or strangling another person.

Separately, at about 2:30 am on Sunday (19 May), police responded after being told that a 30-year-old woman had allegedly choked her partner into unconsciousness after a verbal disagreement.

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She was arrested and charged with choking another person and rendering them unconscious.

“In both instances, the victims were treated by ACT Ambulance Services,” a police spokesperson said.

“Police understand the significant coercion and control exerted in relationships where family violence exists, and encourage anyone impacted by any type of family violence offending to contact police and seek support.”

Anyone impacted by sexual, domestic or family violence can contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or Full Stop Australia on 1800 385 578.

Local support services include the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre on 6247 2525, the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) on 6280 0900, and Victim Support ACT on 1800 822 272 or 6205 2022.

If this reporting has raised mental health concerns, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

You can report a sexual assault by attending an ACT Policing station in person, calling 000 in an emergency or 131 444 for police assistance, or online if the sexual assault occurred more than six months ago.

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