Shocking new statistics have revealed one in three domestic violence offenders are breaching their protection orders across the Gold Coast and Logan.
The Police Statistical review for 2015/16 shows that of the 6144 orders issued in the region, 2145 were breached.
It also revealed that most breaches of DVO’s on the Gold Coast are committed by repeat offenders and more than 10 per cent of repeat offenders had breached orders five times or more in the last five years.
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So of 1067 who breached orders on the Coast in the past year, 146 had breached an order five times or more in the last five years.
Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Ros Bates said it shows more needs to be done to stop this kind of behaviour.
“What I’ve been saying all along is that the orders aren’t worth the paper that they’re written on if the offenders don’t fear the consequences of breaching them,” Ms Bates said
Ms Bates said that, unfortunately, the Gold Coast has the title of being the domestic violence capital following a spate of high-profile cases in the last 12 months.
She’s called on the state government to do more to stop the thinking that there is such a thing as a ‘technical breach’ for a DVO.
“So the LNP recently secured an amendment to require courts to explain its reason for not making the protection orders for the full 5 years so maybe its time we looked at making courts explain why they dont imprisonment for multiple breaches as well,” Ms Bates said.
“We need to put the full force of the law on these people otherwise they think they can get away with it.
“Even things like technical breaches, such as sending a threatening message of leaving a message on a message bank, needs to be addressed.”