DOMESTIC violence rates and breaches of orders are surging across the region, causing police to look for new ways to address the disturbing trend. Photo Christopher Chan / The Observer
DOMESTIC violence rates and breaches of orders are surging across the region, causing police to look for new ways to address the disturbing trend. Photo Christopher Chan / The Observer Christopher Chan

Domestic Violence forum this week to tackle high figures

DOMESTIC violence rates and breaches of orders are surging across the region, causing police to look for new ways to address the disturbing trend.  

In 2008/09 there were 710 breaches of domestic violence protection orders in the Central region.

That figure rose to 1178 breaches, or more than three a day, in 2012/13.  

Acting Superintendent for the Capricornia district, Virginia Nelson said police were trying to examine the trends and triggers for domestic violence as the figure was expected to rise again this year.  

"We're looking at the reasons for it... we understand the factors that cause it, now we're looking at new ways to respond and prevent domestic violence," she said.  

Rockhampton Police will host a domestic violence forum tomorrow and Thursday for government and non-government agencies to come together on the issue.  

"Police aren't able to do it alone. That's why we're looking to a partnership approach," said Acting Superintendent Nelson.  

The forum will include police from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Mackay and Wide Bay, along with government and non-government agencies.  

Guest speaker is Federal court judge Ann Demack and keynote speaker is Heather Nancarrow, director of the Centre for Domestic Violence Research at CQUniversity in Mackay.   

Capricornia's domestic violence liaison officer Sgt Jo Griffiths said alcohol was involved in around 80% of cases, especially serious cases involving assault.   

"Domestic violence is notoriously difficult to police, as most offences happen in the home, behind closed doors," she said.  

"Proving those offences is difficult... and determining the difference between one-off incidents, and ongoing violence.  

"A lot of women don't want to make complaints. They want it to stop, but they don't want their partners to go to prison."  

For confidential help and support call the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling line on 1800737732. If there is immediate danger, call 000.   



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