LNP lays blame for domestic violence order breaches
THE Coast's domestic violence problem has taken a political turn with LNP members blaming the State Government for a sharp rise in breaches of protection orders.
Member for Glasshouse Andrew Powell said 1252 breaches of domestic violence orders were recorded on the Coast between July last year and the end of June this year.
Mr Powell said that represented a 70% rise in breaches in the past two years.
The Daily reported in February the Coast was experiencing a sharp rise in domestic violence order breaches.
Former head of the Sunshine Coast Vulnerable Persons Unit Senior Sergeant Dave Bradley said at the time that police were good at taking out orders and arresting people for breaching them.
Snr Sgt Bradley said a part of his specialist team's work was to provide early intervention to victims and offenders to reduce the need of enforcing protection orders.
LNP Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Ros Bates said victims were left exposed because of a failing system.
"Victims of domestic violence should have confidence in the system and the orders of the court to protect them from further abuse and harm," Ms Bates said.
"Under Labor we have seen a series of major blunders that have left domestic violence victims exposed."
Mr Powell called for tougher laws for offenders.
"Only the LNP will provide safe and liveable communities and better support Queensland families," Mr Powell said.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the State Government accepted all the recommendations of the Not Now, Not Ever report.
"At the end of August 74 of those had been completed including increased penalties for domestic violence order breaches and work had begun on the others," Ms Fentiman said.
"We have made the biggest investment in tackling domestic violence in Queensland's history, with $323.1 million over six years to implement these recommendations.
She said she was a part of the first Queensland government in more than two decades to build new domestic violence shelters, including one announced this year on the Sunshine Coast.