Coast has record-breaking 32 DV cases over Christmas weekend

THE two days of the year which are supposed to be about love and family have proven to be the exact opposite on the Fraser Coast.

Police have revealed that on Christmas and Boxing Day this year they were called out to 32 separate domestic violence incidents across the Maryborough Patrol Group on those two days.

The area includes Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Tiaro, Howard, Gayndah and all the surrounding towns.

The shockingly high number of incidents is a sharp jump for police who regularly deal with about 10 domestic violence incidents on a daily basis.

Of the domestic and family violence incident in the region on Christmas and Boxing Days, 10 of the incidents occurred in Hervey Bay.

Maryborough Police Patrol Group domestic and family violence prevention coordinator Acting Sergeant Vanessa Rudloff said it was a "high level" for just two days.

She said it was not clear why an increase might be seen during the festive season.

"Because families are getting together there is a bit of a higher emotional level at Christmas," she said.

Sgt Rudloff said children at home and financial pressures of the festive season could also be factors in the increase in domestic violence incidents in the region.

The terror at Christmas comes after an horrific year for domestic and family violence on the Fraser Coast.

Maryborough woman Karina Lock was killed by her ex-partner in shocking scenes at a McDonalds on the Gold Coast in September.

Sgt Rudloff said it was important for those struggling with domestic violence to know that help was available, no matter what time of the year it was.

"There is help available and taking these steps to get help may be hard but there is support available," she said.



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