May is Domestic and Family Violence Month.
It is important that the community is educated about, ‘what is Domestic and Family Violence?’ and ‘what impacts it can have on individuals and the community as a whole?’
The Queensland Police Service has conducted training for all police officers in the state regarding how the Police deal with incidents of Domestic and Family Violence as we need to be able to address the underlying issues.
This means working in conjunction with the various support agencies within the Tablelands Patrol Group. We are lucky here on the Tablelands as there is lots of support provided by various government and non-government support agencies. The QPS recognises the support of these agencies and understands that unless we work together we will not be able to address the underlying issues.
We are also looking at educating the community as to what is a healthy relationship compared to an unhealthy one. We need to break the cycle and we can not do that unless we work together. Too often the victims of Domestic and Family Violence feel isolated and without support and we want to let the community know that is not the case. There is support there for you and when you are ready to access that support it is available.
So if you are involved in an unhealthy relationship or you know someone who is there is support there for you. Head to the Relationships Australia for more information on healthy relationships and information.
If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic and family violence you can contact your local police station or DV Connect on 1800 811 811 (Womensline), 1800 600 636 (Mensline) or, 1800 010 120 (Sexual Assault Line).
Remember, there is support for you.