Gladstone police chief: Let cops make the call on DV
AS DOMESTIC Violence Prevention Month draws to a close, Gladstone Police Station's officer in charge wants people to make one important change to their behaviour.
"If you see or hear something you believe may be domestic violence, please, please call us," Senior Sergeant Jamie Goodwin said yesterday.
"Even if it's a verbal argument and has been going for a short duration then stopped, we still need to make sure the people involved are safe.
"In other words, why has it stopped? What's happened?
"It's not wasting our time, we have a policing presence 24 hours a day and our aim is to provide for the safety of the community.
"It is what we do."
Sen-Sgt Goodwin said if someone was in doubt as to if what they were witnessing was domestic violence, they should let the police decide.
"The idea is to be proactive and advise police sooner, so that incidents don't become repetitive behaviour over a long period of time," he said.
"One of the things we do when attending is link people up with support services."
Gladstone has seen a 23 per cent increase in domestic violence breaches since this point last financial year.
The same figure last year showed a 30 per cent increase - so while the numbers are increasing, the rate of increase is gradually slowing.
Sen-Sgt Goodwin said while it was never good to see an increase in domestic violence, it also spoke to the community feeling more willing to contact police and support agencies.
"We can't commend those people enough," he said.
"They've stood up and said 'we're not going to sit and watch a person we care about suffer domestic violence'."
DV Support Lines
- DV Connect for women: 1800 811 811
- DV Connect for men: 1800 600 636
- Centacare CQ Family and Relationship Counselling: 1300 523 985
- Child Safety Services After Hours Crisis Care: 1800 177 135