MORE domestic violence orders are breached over Christmas than any other time of the year, it has been revealed.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said the financial pressures that come with Christmas, alcohol consumption and custody disputes can trigger violence in the home.
“The festive season is a joyful time for most of us spent with friends and loved ones, however, the pressures often contribute to an increase in the number of reports of domestic and family violence across the state,” she said.
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“These pressures can include extra financial costs at this time of year, alcohol consumption, custodial disputes and spending more time than normal with family members and relatives.
“These are all factors that can exacerbate violence and abuse.
“That’s why it is so important that support is available to victims of domestic and family violence right throughout this Christmas and New Year period.”
White Ribbon Ambassador and LNP Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Stephen Bennett called on Queenslanders to look out for each other during the holiday period.
“Police statistics for these offences go back to 1998 – and December has been the worst month for domestic violence protection order breaches 12 out of the last 19 years,” Mr Bennett said.
“This goes to show the stress this time of year can place on many households and families across Queensland and serves as a reminder of the importance of working together to address these important issues.
“The long-term statistics also illustrate the escalation of this issue over time. The number of breaches of domestic violence protection orders has increased every year since 2008.”
In 2007, 8,577 domestic violence protection orders were breached.
So far this year, more than 23,680 orders have been violated.
Queenslanders experiencing or affected by domestic and family violence or sexual violence can get help and support from DVConnect, with phones lines operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Queensland Government provides more than $5 million per annum to DVConnect to operate the telephone helplines and provide much-needed support to Queenslanders affected by domestic, family and sexual violence.
Ms Farmer said DVConnect helped women and children escape violence and abuse and find safe accommodation in times of crisis.
“DVConnect can also link victims to confidential counselling and other sources of help, and this includes right throughout the Christmas and New Year period,” she said.
“Help and support is only a phone call away regardless of the time of day or whether it is a public holiday.
“Of course, anyone in immediate danger of domestic, family or sexual violence or witnessing violence should immediately call the Police on 000.”
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast
DVConnect Mensline: 1800 600 636
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800