LNP COMMITS EXTRA DEDICATED OFFICER FOR BUNDABERG’S VULNERABLE PERSONS UNIT

State Member for Bundaberg David Batt has today announced a future LNP Government will permanently employ an extra Dedicated Officer in Bundaberg’s Domestic & Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit.

Mr Batt said this commitment is very close to his heart.

“Domestic violence is something I take extremely seriously and it’s something I know is a major concern for our Bundy community,” he said.

“Each and every week, I receive phone calls and visits from residents who have fallen victim to domestic violence and it’s heartbreaking.

“The devastating scourge of domestic and family violence cannot continue – it’s as simple as that.

“As a former police officer of 23 years, I know firsthand just how important it is to have enough staff to help combat the complex issue.

“That’s why a future LNP Government will permanently employ an extra Dedicated Officer in Bundaberg’s Domestic & Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit.

“Fighting for extra staffing in this area has been a priority for me since I was first elected, in fact it was one of the first matters I asked a Ministerial Question on Notice about in Queensland Parliament.”

In addition to delivering more dedicated resources in Bundaberg, an LNP Government will also introduce the toughest strangulation laws in the nation, new laws to allow police to issue domestic violence orders on the spot, supply extra funding for frontline services and provide safety devices for victims.

“I am so proud of our plan and I truly believe it will make a difference to vulnerable

people and get them the support they need – it could even save lives,” Mr Batt said.

Local domestic violence advocate Edwina Rowan said the Queensland Courts’ domestic and family violence statistics published in June 2020 tell a sorry tale story about the prevalence of domestic violence.

“On average there are three breaches of a domestic violence order every single hour in Queensland and this year to date, a staggering 19,237 Orders have been made by the Queensland Magistrates Courts,” she said.

“Commendably, in late 2018 the Queensland Police Service introduced the Vulnerable Persons Unit – a specialist unit specifically tailored to address the needs of our community with a focus on domestic violence.

“The unit incorporates representatives from crisis care and domestic violence agencies and focuses attention on vulnerable people and already, it’s proving to provide community resilience and has been a key step forward in enabling police to work collaboratively with local support agencies.

“Funding for an extra dedicated officer will ensure that there is continuity of care for victims.

“I am hopeful that the support for this initiative will build momentum and the current Bundaberg based team become a permanent weapon in our arsenal against domestic violence.”

Friday, 24 July 2020

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