‘We are not made of stone’ - police plead with DV abusers
THEY walk into highly volatile situations, see the upset on the children's faces and hear the anguish of the victim.
Often, they're also on the receiving end of violence from the aggressor.
But Acting Sergeant Kellie Moss said domestic violence wasn't something police would tolerate in any form.
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She spoke to The Morning Bulletin for our Terror at Home campaign and said while police were dedicated to protecting the community, the job could at times be "extremely challenging... physically, mentally and emotionally".
It's something police in Capricornia witness frequently, with more than 550 incidents recorded since the start of the year.
Act Sgt Moss said an officer's initial instinct to protect themselves took a back seat in dangerous domestic violence situations.
"Some people would run, some people would freeze and some would look to the next person to 'do something'," she said.
"We put our own lives at risk to help a complete stranger. It's what we do.
"There's no hero award, there's no pay rise, and often there's no thanks."
Act Sgt Moss said police had to put any emotional reaction aside to diffuse difficult situations safely, but that didn't mean those events didn't have an impact.
"We are not made of stone, nor are we emotionless, cold or uncaring people," she said.
The Morning Bulletin's Terror at Home campaign includes a push for respectful relationship programs to become compulsory in high school.
Act Sgt Moss said education on responsible behaviour was "a good way of setting the foundations to combat domestic violence".
"Having a productive and respectful relationship with not only your spouse, but with other family members is an outcome that would reduce family violence," she said.
Act Sgt Moss said police were a last resort, often intervening a long time after any abuse had started.
She said people should seek help from community groups to build better relationships before police were forced to take action.