Domestic violence hotline calls have risen

Calls have increased to the domestic violence hotline from women wanting to flee their abusive partners in the year since the brutal deaths of two mothers.

Karina Lock was shot dead and Tara Brown was bashed to death in alleged domestic violence attacks both within a week in September last year.

Following these tragic events, calls to DV Connect doubled to 400 a day, with a number of callers reporting instances of copycat violence.


Chief executive Di Mangan said the calls from women seeking to immediately leave abusive relationships had risen dramatically since then.

Ms Mangan said a number of calls they’d received were from women who had nearly died after being strangled by their partners.

239 people have been charged with non-fatal choking, strangulation and suffocation in a domestic relationship, according to police statistics.

These actions became stand-alone offences in Queensland just six months ago.

Ms Mangan said she was relieved action had been taken by the police, given the volume of these calls her hotline receives.

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.