New li­ai­son for do­mes­tic sup­port

Re­tired police of­fi­cer to work with Edon Place

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie

RES­I­DENTS of the North Bur­nett will soon have bet­ter ac­cess to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ser­vices with the ap­point­ment of a new sup­port of­fi­cer.

For­mer Monto police of­fi­cer Ron Mien­t­jes will act as a sup­port of­fi­cer in the re­gion for do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion Edon Place.

“When I was with Queens­land Police Ser­vice in Bund­aberg, I es­tab­lished and ran a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence unit, which I did for five years,” Mr Mien­t­jes said.

“Part of that job in­volved li­ais­ing with stake­hold­ers, so I did a lot of work with Edon Place.”

Mr Mien­t­jes, based in Monto, will meet with women in Monto, Eidsvold, Mundubbera and Gayndah to help with the prepa­ra­tion of safety plans, risk assess­ments, re­fer­rals to lo­cal agen­cies when re­quired, and as­sis­tance with ap­pli­ca­tions for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence preven­tion or­ders.

“Ev­ery per­son we deal with can be as­sured we’ll deal with them con­fi­den­tially,” Mr Mien­t­jes said.

Edon Place also pro­vides court sup­port to men and women im­pacted by do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence.

Mr Mien­t­jes has al­ready dealt with some re­fer­rals, but doesn’t ex­pect to have set times worked out un­til around next month.

Women in the North Bur­nett can con­tact Edon Place on 4153 6820 be­tween 8.30am and 5pm, Mon­day to Fri­day.

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