May is domestic and family violence prevention month and Thursday Island Police have participated in a interagency domestic violence conference for the Torres Strait.
The community agencies in attendance at the May 16 conference were Lena Passi Women’s Shelter, Mura Kosker Sorority, Relationships Australia, Queensland Health, Probation and Parole Services, Safety and Disability Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, Department of Justice and Attorney-General and the Queensland Police Service.
Thursday Island Police Station had 13 Torres Strait Island Police Support Officers (TSIPSO) from throughout the Torres Strait attending the conference along with Police Liaison Officers and sworn officers.
The conference slogan was “Umi one, mepla way against domestic and family violence” which means “our people, our way against domestic and family violence”. The conference provided a great opportunity for the outer island communities and local agencies to come together and talk about violence and develop joint strategies to combat family violence.
The participants of the conference discussed recognising domestic and family violence, improving communication skills, contacts for referral services, obligations for domestic and family violence reporting and self-care. All participants and agency representatives worked together and identified a positive outcome of “seeing the signs and sharing the solutions”.