Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing with Senior Constable Susan Forte of Toowoomba Police Division and Ms Kathleen Turley from the Toowoomba Domestic Violence Action Centre with Assistant Commissioner Tony Wright
Last week, Queensland Police Service (QPS) Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing paid tribute to officers and staff from across Queensland at the inaugural QPS Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Awards.
Held during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, the ceremony saw awards presented to officers and staff in five different categories for their innovation and commitment to the prevention of domestic and family violence in our communities.
The QPS Domestic and Family Violence Partnership Award was presented to the Toowoomba High Risk Domestic Violence Team of Southern Region.
Senoir Constable Susan Forte of Toowoomba Police Division and Ms Kathleen Turley from the Toowoomba Domestic Violence Action Centre accepted the award.
The Toowoomba High Risk Domestic Violence Team was formed in February 2016, and brought a range of professionals together with a common purpose, focussing on enhancing support and safety for victims of domestic violence and targeting high risk domestic violence perpetrators.
The exchange of inter-agency information allowed for timely and accessible criminal justice responses, increasing the safety of victims, and decreasing the likelihood of perpetrators re-offending.
Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing with Senoir Constable Susan Forte of Toowoomba Police Division and Ms Kathleen Turley from the Toowoomba Domestic Violence Action Centre with Assistant Commissioner Tony Wright
Darling Downs District Officer Superintendent Mark Kelly nominated the team for the award due to the high level of effectiveness and dedication of the group towards improving safety for people involved in domestic violence cases that were identified as the most dangerous, and implementing case-specific intervention plans.
“I have no doubt whatsoever that this team of professionals has made a real impact in the lives of many people who are impacted by domestic and family violence,” Superintendent Kelly said.
“This partnership was established to assist breaking the cycle of domestic violence that has such a tremendous impact on everyone involved’.”
Superintendent Kelly acknowledged the work of the High Risk DV Team, as well as all QPS officers and staff and all the agencies and services working together to prevent domestic and family violence, protect victims, and hold perpetrators to account.
“We are mid-way through Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, and it is important to acknowledge the great work that is being done in our community,” Superintendent Kelly said.
“It is also critical to remember that these collaborative efforts still have much to do. Projects such as the “Not in Our Club’ campaign are working hard to raise awareness of the issue of domestic and family violence in Toowoomba, as well as ways we can support those who are affected by this insidious problem.”
The Domestic and Family Violence Partnership Award acknowledges the work of a team of QPS members and community group members who work together in the field of domestic and family violence prevention, who have demonstrated initiative and innovation in developing working partnerships and have delivered real outcomes that enhance the safety of vulnerable individuals. Project partners of this year’s winner included the Domestic Violence Action Centre, Toowoomba Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Service, Toowoomba Probation and Parole (Queensland Corrective Services) and the Queensland Police Service.
For further information, please contact Superintendent Mark Kelly on 4631 6490 or Senior Constable Susan Forte on 4631 6304.