Co-ordinator of the Women's Domestic Violence Service Janice Steele with one of the artworks produced by concerned community members to create awareness of the problem.
Co-ordinator of the Women's Domestic Violence Service Janice Steele with one of the artworks produced by concerned community members to create awareness of the problem. Robyne Cuerel

700 domestic violence order applications made to police

WIDESPREAD domestic violence continues across the Wide Bay, where more than 700 domestic violence order applications were made to police from July 2012 to May 2013.

The Queensland Police figures, available only for the 11 months, were close to 100 fewer than the previous 12 months - but it appears the problem has barely eased as victims are making more private applications through the court system.

Across Wide Bay, 529 people lodged private domestic violence applications through the courts in 2012-13, compared to 474 private applications in 2011-12.

The figures also show only a slight decrease in breaches of domestic violence protection orders.

In 2012-13, there were 704 breaches of a domestic violence protection order across the Wide Bay and Burnett police district.

In the previous financial year, there were 719 breaches.

Yoorana Women's Domestic Violence Resource Service coordinator Janice Steele said the decrease in breaches didn't necessarily translate to a decrease in domestic violence overall.

Ms Steele said the service had seen a sharp rise in the number of women with several children reaching out for help.

"There is not a lot of options for them in the rental market."

She said the court support program for victims was one of its most in-demand services.

Ms Steele urged people who witnessed domestic violence to take action.

"A lot of people that have neighbours etc, or families or friends in domestic violence don't know how to deal with it," she said.

"People still believe domestic violence is about punching or hitting someone, whereas we know it comes in other forms," she said.

"Any form of domestic violence is about power and control."

Ms Steele said the service, which offers counselling, could also help people supporting a domestic violence victim.

Figures for the 2012-13 financial year do not includes incidents from July 2013.

Phone Yoorana on 4122 2218 for more information.
 
Domestic violence

- In 2012-13 (not including July), police lodged 713 domestic violence applications. A further 529 people lodged their own DVO through the courts.

- In the 2011-12 financial year, police lodged 810 DVO applications. In the same time period, there were 474 private applications.

- From July 2012 to May 2013, the Wide Bay had a rate of 279 people per 100,000 breaching a DVO. In the previous financial year, the rate was 288 per 100,000 people.
 
 



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