Kingaroy Police officers Jodi Jones, David Tierney and Rod Gelderblom at the White Ribbon Day barbecue outside the Police Station on November 23.
Kingaroy Police officers Jodi Jones, David Tierney and Rod Gelderblom at the White Ribbon Day barbecue outside the Police Station on November 23. Jessica McGrath

Police officers make a stand against violence

KINGAROY police attended to 21 calls related to domestic violence incidents over three weeks last month.

This is according to weekly police reports between October 22 and November 4.

Kingaroy police ran a community barbecue outside the station for White Ribbon Day to help reduce the stigma around domestic violence on Friday November 23.

Former police prosecutor Wayne Bushell said the day was all about exposing the issue.

"I think the courts are doing a better job with domestic violence, we are taking it seriously," he said.

"The amount of homicides have an effect, and it's brought it to the public's attention a lot more."

The former police officer of 43 years said his advice for those who found themselves in a domestic violence situation was to walk away.

"If you can't talk, walk away," he said.

"Women find it hard to break the silence of domestic violence because they perhaps lack the confidence to go out on their own."

 

Mr Bushell said within domestic violence the perpetrator could be male or female, making it hard for police to make it an accurate assessment.

"Sometimes they truly do love their spouse that they are with as well," he said.

"When something happens and police are called, they report it, and later want to retract what happened."

Domestic violence applications have also become very complicated over time.

"They're often not cut and dry, there's often a lot of investigation the police have to do, when you've got a spouse who doesn't want to tell the police what's really happened," Mr Bushell said.

South Burnett

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