Issue hits home

By LYNDAL GAWEN lyndal.gawen@capnews.com.au

YELLING, screaming and trying to smash his way into his ex-defacto's home with an esky through the window left Basil Keith Daisey $400 out of pocket after a visit to Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.

Daisey, however, is only one of almost 2000 domestic violence call-outs police attend to each year in the Rockhampton police district.

After last weekend when there were five domestic violence assaults, police are bracing themselves for more this weekend.

Alcohol, unemployment, stress and money are often domestic violence triggers, alcohol being the biggest.

"What we're looking at doing is trying to make publicans enforce the spirit of the law and not let people go home intoxicated,'' District Inspector Dale Weightman said.

"Then when they go home they're not three-parts cut so when the wife or girlfriend says to go away they don't go bam,'' Inspector Weightman said.

A call-out of a domestic or family violence nature on av- erage takes two hours for police to deal with, Sergeant Jo Griffin, the domestic violence liaison officer, said.

"Generally it is about four or five hours, but on average it is two.''

Adding to that "it is our highest rate of injury, attending to domestic violence call outs,'' Sergeant Griffin said.

In an effort to find a longterm solution to all violence the police are relying on education.

"Anything we can think of,'' Inspector Weightman said. "We'll educate people, especially the young ? they're our future.



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