Sta­tis­tics re­veal shocking DV trends

Balonne Beacon - - BEST OF THE WEST -

SUN­DAYS are far from a day of rest for Dalby po­lice of­fi­cers, as do­mes­tic vi­o­lence hap­pens most at the week­end.

In the last two years, one in five of all do­mes­tic vi­o­lence call-outs were on a Sunday, with Fri­day and Satur­day also be­ing prob­lem­atic.

In that time, Dalby po­lice have re­sponded to 607 call-outs re­lated to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

This av­er­ages out to be one call ev­ery 28 hours.

Dalby of­fi­cers say they are wary of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence calls on Sunday af­ter­noons, when fam­ily is­sues of­ten be­come out of con­trol.

Sergeant Clint Ryan said his team be­lieved a com­bi­na­tion of sub­stance use, com­bined with fam­i­lies spend­ing more time with each other in a con­fined space, could be a ma­jor cause.

“It al­ways seems to come at a time when par­ties are close to­gether and it nor­mally comes from in­ci­dents which blow up out of pro­por­tion,” Sgt Ryan said.

BUSY SUN­DAYS: Dalby Sergeant Clint Ryan.

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