Shocking new figures have revealed the extent of Queensland’s rising domestic violence issue.
According to fresh crime data, there has been a near 200 per cent increase in Domestic Violence Order breaches in the last decade.
The State Government figures, published by the Courier Mail, show there has been an 18 per cent increase in the last year alone.
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It comes in the wake of the tragic death of Gold Coast mother-of-three Kelly Wilkinson, who was allegedly set alight and killed in the backyard of her Arundel home last Tuesday.
Ms Wilkinson’s estranged husband has since been charged with her murder and remains under police guard in hospital.
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Kelly’s tragic death has sparked fresh calls for an overhaul of the state’s domestic violence system, with police confirming she sought help several times in the weeks before her murder.
Speaking to reporters last week, Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd admitted the system had failed Kelly.
“We haven’t come to that conclusion yet… but ultimately it’s a failure… A woman has died,” Assistant Commissioner Codd said.
“Somewhere along the line, she had engaged with the system, with us, and we were unable to prevent this from occurring”.
Assistant Commissioner Codd confirmed Queensland Police are conducting an internal review into the events leading up to Ms Wilkinson’s death.
“I think it’s important that we examine to what extent it is a systemic failure,” he said.
“We’re certainly going to make sure we look to improve and correct any parts of the system that we control.”
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