Domestic violence week marked
THIS week brings to a close national Domestic Violence Awareness Week. Whitsunday Police domestic violence liaison officer Simon Walter acknowledged the domestic violence problem in the Whitsundays and said in any month as many as 44 domestic violence related investigations could be ongoing. “We average anywhere from three to six fresh applications a month,” he said.
In the month of May three new applications were made and three contraventions were recorded by police. Senior Sergeant Walter said most domestic violence calls came predominantly from Airlie Beach, Jubilee Pocket and Cannonvale. “When you have a denser population the reports are more frequent and the majority of calls come from one partner,” he said. “Especially in the rural areas unless they have neighbours close by that hear something going on.”