Jacqui Barker believes how police investigated domestic violence cases was an issue that needs to be assessed.
Jacqui Barker believes how police investigated domestic violence cases was an issue that needs to be assessed.

‘Huge problem’ with police investigations: DV victim

FORMER Noosa resident Jacqui Barker felt let down by police when they were unwilling to charge her ex-partner for allegedly dousing her in petrol and threatening her with a lighter in her home.  

However, a spokesman for Queensland Police, advised officers took appropriate action.   

"Police attended this incident shortly after it had occurred, and action was taken that same day," he said.  

"The Queensland Police Service was aware of the allegations and circumstances and took appropriate action on the night when considering all available evidence to ensure the safety of the aggrieved while also ensuring the perpetrator was held to account for his actions.  

"The service has since conducted a review of this investigation which found the actions of the investigating officers were justified based on the evidence and sufficient for a successful criminal prosecution," he said.  

"If there is a cultural issue with my officers in terms of domestic violence, that also needs to be investigated because I will not accept that. The organisation will not accept that, and certainly, the community will not accept that."

Jacqui Barker had to sell her home to hire a barrister to commence a private criminal prosecution.
Jacqui Barker had to sell her home to hire a barrister to commence a private criminal prosecution.

But Ms Barker said, in her opinion, there was an issue to be investigated.

"I've spoken to many women across Australia in the last four years and most women that have had issues with the police not acting on their behalf, there is no other route," she said.

"There is no alternative, so they give up and the perpetrators are not brought to justice and they go on to reoffend."

But Ms Barker believes, based on her dealings with police, she felt they had absolutely no interest in prosecuting domestic related incidents.

"What that means is as a victim you live in fear, you are not protected by the police and you are constantly a target of ongoing intimidation tactics," she said.

In July 2016, Ms Barker's former partner, lifeguard Mark Jacobs, 50, of Sunrise Beach pleaded guilty to wilful damage for the destruction he caused to the home and was issued a $1500 fine.

Ms Barker hired a private barrister to commence an expensive private criminal prosecution, which she funded by selling her home.

In early 2020, nearly four years after the initial charge, Jacobs pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of threatening violence.

Ms Barker said police investigations in domestic violence incidents was an issue to be explored. 

"There is a huge problem," Ms Barker said.

"I've spoken to many women across Australia in the last four years and most women that have had issues with the police not acting on their behalf, there is no other route.

"There is no alternative, so they give up and the perpetrators are not brought to justice and they go on to reoffend."

Mr Jacobs was stood down from his lifeguard role on Friday.



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