Police seek community support as DV increases
THE past five years has seen an increase in domestic violence in Central Queensland.
But while they are devastating statistics, Rockhampton Police Superintendent Ron Van Saane says that means more victims have the confidence to come forward and report it.
A White Ribbon ambassador, Supt Van Saane said the past five years had seen a 50% increase in domestic violence breaches with 1700 breaches in Central Queensland this year.
"All statistics are double bladed, any reports of domestic violence are bad but victims now have confidence to report it," Supt Van Saane said.
He said everyone must take a stand against domestic violence and be more proactive in gender equality and there must be an attitudinal change and we must recognise the importance of taking violence against women seriously.
"We encourage the community to come out and support White Ribbon Day (tomorrow)," Supt Van Saane said.
A limited number of White Ribbons will be available from Rockhampton and North Rockhampton police stations in support of stopping domestic violence; they are also available from some retail outlets around Rockhampton.
DV REPORTED OFFENCES IN CQ:
DV application by referral
2012/13 - 204
2013/14 - 323
2014/15 - 428
DV application privately
2012/13 - 138
2013/14 - 120
2014/15 - 121
DV - application by police
2012/13 - 603
2013/14 - 485
2014/15 - 444