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Women attacked by people they know in some cases: police

GIRL-on-girl violence, domestic assaults and drunken attacks are plaguing the Fraser Coast, with police acknowledging a problem with night-time violence.

After three violent attacks by women on other women, Acting Senior Sergeant Hayley Skyring said in some recent incidents, females attacked people they knew.

A woman was punched through window by two other women while she sat in her car at traffic lights in Urangan between 7pm and 7.20pm on April 20.

And two women have been accused of assaulting an 18-year-old woman outside Viper Nite Club in Torquay about 3am on April 20.

And earlier this month, a mother and her daughter were involved in a fight with a teenage girl at Maryborough's Station Square.

Snr Sgt Skyring didn't believe there was an increase in fights between women.

"I don't think it's any more prominent and I think it depends on the circumstances," she said.

"You find in some circumstances they're known to each other - it's not stranger violence necessarily."

Snr Sgt Skyring said police also continued to combat domestic violence.

"It's a problem in the Fraser Coast, it's a problem everywhere," she said.

"It is still there and it's not going away as much as we're trying to do what we can to raise awareness."

Snr Sgt Skyring also acknowledged the Fraser Coast had some problems with night time violence.

Despite the State Government's trials of Party Safe precincts across the State, there are none on the Fraser Coast.

The precincts are designed to have a strong police presence to minimise the risk of anti-social behaviour.

Snr Sgt Skyring said she would watch the trials to see if they were successful.

"If it looks like it's something that's going to work- love to see it get in here at the Fraser Coast."

She concluded with a blunt message to the community about any form of violence.

"Police will not tolerate it at all, it's unacceptable behaviour," Snr Sgt Skyring said.

The stats

  • In 2013 there were 1010 assaults in the Wide Bay Burnett Police District
  • From January to the end of April last year there were 337 assaults
  • Since the beginning of this year there have been 273 assault offences

Topics:  hervey bay hervey bay police maryborough police violence women



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