The Courier-Mail

New DV taskforce launched

- JODIE MUNRO O’BRIEN

ASSISTANT Police Commission­er Brian Codd will head up a new domestic violence taskforce after the murder of a woman by her ex-partner this week.

Announcing the appointmen­t in an email to police, Commission­er Katarina Carroll said it had been an “exceptiona­lly challengin­g” week.

“This week has been an exceptiona­lly challengin­g period d for the Queensland Police Ser- vice with the tragedy that un- folded in Browns Plains s ultimately leading to the deathh of Doreen Langham in the early hours of Monday morning,” she said in the email.

“Firstly, can I please emphasise that I understand how complex and challengin­g it is for all of our police and staff when dealing with, and responding to, calls for service in relation to Domestic and Family violence (D&FV) (sic).”

Ms Carroll said demand relating to domestic and family violence calls was significan­t, with police responding to 105,000 calls in 2020 alone.

Doreen Langham, 49, died on Monday in a fire police suspect was lit by her ex-partner, Brian Henly, 49. A man’s body, believed to be Henly’s, was also found. Police have ruled the fire as a murder-suicide.

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