Facebook alerts GC woman to early release of abusive partner

A Gold Coast woman is in hiding after discovering her abusive ex-partner was released from jail through Facebook.

The man, who was convicted of numerous criminal charges and physically attacked his ex-partner, was not expected to be released from jail until May next year.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reports he’s been released just seven weeks after being sentenced.


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The man was subject to a three-year permanent domestic violence order, which among other things, is supposed to alert victims to when their attacker is released from prison.

The woman’s family found out about his release after checking his status on Facebook.

MP for Mudgeeraba, Ros Bates, said she’s worried about how this situation will affect other victims of domestic violence.

“I’m deeply concerned this is not an isolated case and more victims are not being advised,” she said.

“Victims and their families need to know when an offender is being released and take the necessary safe precautions.

“As a survivor of domestic violence myself, instances like this are re-traumatising.”

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au – In an emergency, call 000.