A Ballarat man will be sentenced to longer periods of jail if he continues to abuse his partners, a magistrate has warned.
Timothy Woods, 38, was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on Thursday for crimes against his partner.
On March 27 last year, Woods' partner of five years was forced to flee to a park near her house in fear of Woods.
She sought refuge in a nearby park in bad weather conditions for 45 minutes and called the police.
Woods, who was highly intoxicated after drinking two wine casks, had damaged property in the complainant's house, pushed her and verbally abused her.
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He damaged the complainant's glass coffee table and a model sailing ship and punched holes in the wall.
Police had been called to the house earlier in the night after Woods became aggressive towards the victim's daughter's boyfriend.
He was not compliant with police and tried to instigate a confrontation by clenching his fists and bumping his chest into an officer.
Woods had been out of jail for about six months before the incident.
The court was told it was not the first time Woods had committed family violence against the same partner.
In February 2016, he broke into her house, grabbed her by her throat, pushed her into a wall and threatened to kill her and her daughter.
He has 11 pages full of prior convictions, including recklessly causing injury, aggravated burglary, making a threat to kill and perverting the course of justice.
Magistrate Noreen Toohey said Woods' criminal history was relevant to the court in sentencing him on Thursday.
"Sadly he continues to offend against intimate partners and continues to abuse alcohol.Magistrate Noreen Toohey
"There is no sentence other than an immediate custodial sentence."
The magistrate said if Woods continued to assault his partner, he would be sentenced to longer terms of imprisonment.
In March, Woods pleaded guilty to three charges including unlawful assault and criminal damage.
His lawyer had submitted Woods had six children from a previous relationship, self medicated with alcohol for his mental health issues and had been unemployed a lot of his life.
If he did not plead guilty and was found guilty, Woods would have been sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment according to the magistrate.
He has served 49 days of pre-sentence detention.
Woods appeared via a video link from custody for Thursday's hearing.
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