Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said Domestic and Family was a significant issue, both within the QPS and beyond.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said Domestic and Family was a significant issue, both within the QPS and beyond.

Homicide cop on DV: ‘Once we’re involved, it’s too late’

THE Queensland Police Service is urging people across the state to reach out and speak up as part of this month's campaign to raise awareness of domestic and family violence.

The theme this Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is Not Now. Not Ever. Together.

When discussing the month-long event, Commissioner Katarina Carroll said Domestic and Family was a significant issue, both within the QPS and beyond.

"We are heavily invested in making sure that our communities are safe," Commissioner Carroll said.

"If you get a sense or a feeling that something is not quite right, more often than not you are correct. Please report it to police and have that conversation.

"We understand that Queenslanders are facing unprecedented pressures at the moment as we prevent the spread of COVID-19, and that these changes to the way we are currently living could make it more difficult for people to reach out for help if they are in an abusive relationship or living in a violent household."

Detective Senior Constable Kent Ellis from the Homicide Investigation Unit said the harsh reality of a domestic violence situation that has turned into a homicide investigation is nothing short of tragic.

"I see the devastating impacts on the family, the ongoing trauma to children who effectively lose both parents. I hear the stories from friends and families who wished they had done something, said something," said Detective Senior Constable Ellis.

"This message is so important, one we rarely get to say before a tragedy, because once we're involved, it's too late.

"We know bystander intervention is hard, uncomfortable, challenging and might be rebuffed. But it could also save a life.

"One death is one too many. Don't wait for visible signs of extreme violence or escalating behaviour. It may not come."

QPS has developed an online method for vulnerable people as an alternative contact option for non-urgent matters.

You can find out more about this here.

This Domestic Violence Prevention Month, police are asking everyone to come together and help stop domestic violence by recognising the signs and speaking out.

Head to the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month web page to find out more about what the Queensland Government is doing to raise awareness.


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