Northern Police awarded for their tireless efforts during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Sergeant Erin Gow accepting the award on behalf of the Cairns Inquiry Office Team with Deputy Commissioner Pointing and A/Northern Region Acting Commissioner Schafferius

Recent legislation changes, the increased public awareness of domestic violence and a shift in communities’ not tolerating domestic violence has seen more offences being reported.

May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month and local police continue to urge members of our community to report domestic violence, assist friends, family members, neighbours and others to recognise the signs of abuse in a relationship, including controlling behaviour, stalking, threats, intimidation and isolation.

Local police work closely with a number of support networks in the community so help is available to those in need.

If you know someone is a victim or perhaps someone who is committing domestic violence, please step up and help all those involved.

Domestic and Family Violence does not discriminate and can affect anyone in the community, from all backgrounds and cultures. Families are affected and that can include young children.

Last Thursday evening the inaugural Queensland Police Service Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Awards were held in Brisbane.

Acting Northern Region Assistant Commissioner Brett Schafferius attended and was privileged to see members of the Queensland Police Service, external organisations, community groups and individuals who have contributed to the development of the projects, acknowledged for their achievements.

“Sadly, as we all know, domestic and family violence continues to be a scourge on communities’ right across the state and the efforts of our officers and partner agencies are key to addressing the issues and working towards making our community safer for everyone,” A/Assistant Commissioner Schafferius said.

“The quality of the work being done right across the state is simply outstanding and everyone involved in the projects can justifiably be proud of their efforts.

“I am extremely pleased to say that the Northern Region featured well in the awards categories with four individuals and projects receiving awards for the Northern Region.”

Congratulations go to the following officers:

  • Sergeant Glenn McBain, Domestic and Family Violence Coordinator from Innisfail in the Far North District was awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Coordinator Category for his continuing efforts;
  • Sergeant Elise Feltham, Townsville Police Division, Townsville District was awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Liaison Officer Category for her continuing efforts;
  • The Cairns Inquiry Office, Cairns Police Division, Far North District was awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Police Service Category for the continuing work being done; and
  • The Coen Social Housing Survey and Report Team, Coen Division, Far North District was awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Partnership Category.

QPS encourages anyone who is concerned about someone they know to call DVConnect (Womensline on 1800 811 811 or Mensline on 1800 600 636) for confidential advice on how to keep them safe.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

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