DO­MES­TIC AND FAM­ILY VI­O­LENCE NOT IN THE FES­TIVE SPIRIT

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

WHILE many in­di­vid­u­als, cou­ples and fam­i­lies have been cel­e­brat­ing and en­joy­ing the Christ­mas and new year fes­tiv­i­ties, Bund­aberg Pa­trol Group of­fi­cers have re­sponded to many who have not.

Not now, not ever re­lates to stop­ping do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence.

It is un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour and vi­o­lence that will not be tol­er­ated.

As I type this post, I have seen that be­tween De­cem­ber 24 and today, my col­leagues have re­sponded to over 115 do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ci­dents in 11 days.

Some mat­ters have been re­ported to po­lice days after al­leged in­ci­dents oc­curred.

There are still a num­ber of hours left in today, with po­lice re­spond­ing to eight re­ports so far.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate all do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ci­dents re­ported in an ef­fort to pro­tect life and prop­erty.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions may re­veal that no do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence has oc­curred.

Po­lice are deal­ing with peo­ple from all walks of life in­clud­ing those who may be af­fected by al­co­hol or drugs at the time.

Crim­i­nal of­fences in­clud­ing as­saults and wil­ful dam­age may also be in­ves­ti­gated.

If you or a fam­ily mem­ber are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence, a life is be­ing threat­ened or there’s an emer­gency please call po­lice on 000.

For fur­ther as­sis­tance contact DV Con­nect Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence helplines: DV Con­nect Womensline 1800 811 811 24 hours, seven days a week DV Con­nect Mensline 1800600636 9am-mid­night seven days a week

Se­nior Con­sta­ble DANIELLE LOF­TUS

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