A 23-year-old man who assaulted his former partner when a family violence intervention order was in place to protect her has been sentenced to jail.
Corey Delmenico pleaded guilty to six offences stemming from two family violence incidents in 2016.
The Ballarat Magistrates Court was on Thursday told Delmenico and his former partner, whom he had two children with, were involved in an altercation at their Sebastopol home on October 15.
The woman picked up a knife in the kitchen during the altercation when Delmenico kicked and punched her several times, causing some bruising to her left eye and swelling.
When police arrived, Delmenico was walking around drunk in the street, the court was told.
Defence barrister Simon Tan said his client and former partner had an on-and-off-again relationship.
He said Delmenico attempted to maintain his relationship with his children, which he struggled with, being a young father.
Magistrate Ronald Saines told Delmenico there had never been a greater need to denounce family violence than now.
“There is a clear need for this court to send a very clear message of deterrence and denunciation,” Mr Saines said.
He said all families experienced pressures and stress, but a violent response was abnormal.
Delmenico was sentenced to a total of two months’ jail but will be released in six days as he has already served 54 days in custody.
He will then be placed on an 18-month community corrections order.