GREAT SUPPORT: Sibelco staff, at their North Rockhampton site, are proud to show their support and raise awareness for White Ribbon Day which is tomorrow.
GREAT SUPPORT: Sibelco staff, at their North Rockhampton site, are proud to show their support and raise awareness for White Ribbon Day which is tomorrow. Contributed

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

32.5% increase

DV application privately

2012/13 - 138

2013/14 - 120

2014/15 - 121

0.8% increase

DV - application by police

2012/13 - 603

2013/14 - 485

2014/15 - 444

-8.5% decrease



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