Increase in reported domestic violence in our region

OVER the past 12 months, Queensland police have seen an increase in reported domestic violence.

In the Blackwater area, police have also reported increases in both Domestic Violence Application and breaches of Domestic Violence Orders.

In the 2014/2015 financial year, there were 51 breaches of Domestic Violence Orders in Blackwater, a number which has increased to 91 over the past 12 months.

Blackwater Officer-in-Charge Sergeant Rob Smith said the increase in Domestic Violence Applications could be attributed to the increase in public awareness of the issue.

"Historically, people have been afraid to report or talk about domestic violence and it commonly occurred behind closed doors,” he said.

"Blackwater Police have been working in partnership with local support agencies to combat domestic violence and rid it from our community.

"It is important that we don't turn a blind eye and report all instances of domestic violence as there is simply no excuse for abuse.”

Domestic Violence Applications can be applied for by either Police or privately by the people involved. These applications are all heard and decided within a Magistrates Court.

Remember, if domestic violence is happening now, call 000 immediately. If you would like support in dealing with domestic violence or would like advice, you are welcome to contact your local police, or one of the many local support agencies.

Local support agencies include DV Connect which provides a helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can reach DV Connect on 1800811811. And Centacare which can be contacted on 1300523985.

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