White Ribbon Day approaches as domestic violence rates rise
ROCKHAMPTON Police are turning their focus to domestic violence this month ahead of White Ribbon Day which falls on November 25.
Superintendent Ron Van Saan is who is an ambassador for White Ribbon Day said over the past five years there had been a steady increase of domestic violence in the region.
"Over the past five years there has been a 50% increase in domestic violence breaches with 1700 breaches in Central Queensland this year," Mr Van Saan said.
"However there has also been an increase in domestic violence applications."
The superintendent said the increased applications showed the increased confidence for victims to come forward and take action.
"All statistics are double bladed, any reports of domestic violence is bad but victims now have confidence to report it," the superintendent said.
He said everyone must take a stand against domestic violence and be more proactive in gender equality.
"We encourage the community to come out and support White Ribbon Day," Mr Van Saan said.
Ribbons can be purchased from all local police stations in support of stopping domestic violence