GOLD Coast police have today renewed their White Ribbon oath to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women and children.
White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality and healthy relationships.
Sadly, one in three Australian women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15. Gold Coast police say that number is both “appalling” and “unacceptable”.
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“These statistics are a stark reminder of how much work still needs to be done. But the work can’t be done by police alone,” Gold Coast police said in a statement.
“All men have the capacity to make a difference and help prevent violence against women and children.
“We need to work together as a community to challenge behaviours and attitudes that condone violence or sexism. It is never ok to use violence and it won’t be accepted.”
This year, Gold Coast police are participating in several White Ribbon events across the Coast, including hosting a registered White Ribbon Event on Saturday 3 December.
The event will be held at the Parkwood International Golf Course on Napper Road in Parkwood between the hours of 1pm and 3pm.
In January, the Gold Coast Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce (DFV Taskforce) was created to tackle the rise in domestic violence cases across the city.
Police say the taskforce has seen an increase of victims reporting violence and more offenders are being held accountable.
Detective Inspector of the DFV Taskforce Marc Hogan said the key to the progress of the DFV Taskforce was creating a holistic network between the victims, police, the justice system and community groups.
“Police are committed to pursuing the criminal offences that come hand in hand with domestic violence,” Det. Insp. Hogan said.
“If, for example, a man physically assaults a woman, that is a criminal offence and police will investigate the matter and if evidence is sufficient, charge the offenders accordingly.
“Fifty percent of the Gold Coast’s assault charges and 68% of life-endangering acts – which largely relate to the new offences relating to strangulation – are directly related to domestic and family violence incidents.
“This number is too high but it does reflect the work police are doing to identify and prosecute domestic violence offenders.
“We work tirelessly to build community confidence in what the DFV Taskforce does, we want victims to know that they will be supported, they will be heard and offenders will be held accountable for their actions.”
The Gold Coast is also home to Queensland’s first Domestic and Family Violence Court in Southport.
Inspector Owen Hortz of Southport division said that police work closely with the courts to ensure that victims receive the support they need.
“The establishment of the court has been a tremendous benefit to police,” Inspector Hortz said.
“The release of the Not Now Not Ever report and the new domestic and family violence laws have allowed police to enforce incidents of domestic violence like no time before.”
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can reach out to either of the following services:
- DV Connect WEB http://www.dvconnect.org/ PHONE: 1800 811 811
- Gold Coast Domestic Prevention Centre WEB: http://www.domesticviolence.com.au/ PHONE: 07 5532 9000.
- If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call triple zero (000) immediately.