Labor must improve domestic violence trend

Alarming statistics show domestic violence breaches across Queensland are on the rise.

It comes as offenders on the Gold Coast are forced to wait months to begin rehabilitation, with services continuing to languish under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

Queensland recorded 27,613 DV breaches last year – a rise of 1,988 from 2017.

This is a staggering 12,057 more than 2014, under the LNP.

Data from Queensland Police shows the Gold Coast, Townsville, Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast experienced more domestic violence protection orders in 2018, compared to 12 months prior.

Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Stephen Bennett MP said it’s a disturbing trend that urgently needs attention from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“It staggers me that the Government would think that it is ‘encouraging’ more people require rehabilitation for domestic violence offences – it isn’t encouraging it’s horrifying.

“I am absolutely shocked at this Government’s inaction when it comes to tackling domestic violence and it shows more victims are at risk due to Labor’s soft approach,” Mr Bennett said.

“It’s horrifying to hear that DV perpetrators aren’t receiving vital rehabilitation course for up to 18 months – these delays are unacceptable and is putting victims at further risk.

“The LNP has a solid track record of tackling domestic violence while Labor clearly doesn’t have a plan to reverse this shocking trend.”

SOURCE: Queensland Police

The Gold Coast had 2,423 breaches in 2018, up from 2,293 in 2017.

The Sunshine Coast had 1,209 breaches in 2018, up from 1,121 in 2017.

Townsville had 2,852 breaches in 2018, up from 2,724 in 2017.

Wide Bay had 1,869 breaches in 2018, up from 1,724 in 2017.

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