Breaches of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence orders rise

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of peo­ple breach­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence orders rose by nearly 5 per cent in Townsville last year, ac­cord­ing to Queens­land Po­lice data.

There were 2724 breaches of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence orders in 2017 and 2852 in 2018.

Townsville po­lice do­mes­tic vi­o­lence co-or­di­na­tor Sergeant Elise Feltham said it was hard to con­clu­sively pin down the rea­son for the in­crease, but hoped greater con­fi­dence in re­port­ing breaches was a fac­tor.

She said a sin­gle do­mes­tic vi­o­lence-re­lated call-out could take up be­tween 45 min­utes and eight hours of po­lice time.

Townsville does not have a State Gov­ern­ment-funded high risk team for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence mat­ters but does have the lo­cally cre­ated Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence In­te­grated Re­sponse Group.

It is an in­for­ma­tion-shar­ing body com­pris­ing po­lice, cor­rec­tions staff and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and sup­port ser­vices.

Op­po­si­tion do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence spokesman Stephen Ben­nett said the rise in breach of­fences was a dis­turb­ing trend that ur­gently needed at­ten­tion.

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