DV vic­tim’s de­tails leaked to her abuser

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

A MOTHER forced into hid­ing af­ter a po­lice of­fi­cer al­legedly leaked her ad­dress to her abu­sive ex-part­ner is call­ing for the law to be changed to pro­tect other vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

The Queens­land woman, who can­not be iden­ti­fied, im­me­di­ately fled her home in April this year when she dis­cov­ered the man ac­cused of rap­ing and tor­tur­ing her had found out where she lived.

“My heart went into my throat and my body went cold,” she said yes­ter­day.

It is be­lieved the man, who is on bail, asked a po­lice of­fi­cer for the woman’s ad­dress de­spite mul­ti­ple warn­ings on the in­ter­nal po­lice sys­tem stat­ing her con­tact de­tails were not to be re­vealed to him.

The of­fi­cer is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Eth­i­cal Stan­dards Com­mand. Liesl Whar­ton, spokes­woman for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sup­port group Red Heart Cam­paign, said it was hard to believe the in­ci­dent was an ac­ci­dent. “These are not mis­takes, these are not slip ups,” Ms Whar­ton said.

“Po­lice can see that there is a note on the sys­tem that says do not sup­ply this in­di­vid­ual’s in­for­ma­tion to any­one and some­how this has been ig­nored.”

The woman’s case was only acted upon this week af­ter she wrote to Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ian Stew­art as well as Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Min­is­ter Shan­non Fen­ti­man.

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