Kathleen Turley Manager of the Toowoomba Domestic Violence Action Centre (DVAC) and Amie Carrington CEO of DVAC Ipswitch speak about the benefits of responding to #DFV together with Qld Police.
Victims/survivors of domestic and family violence (DFV) are reluctant to report to police. In Queensland, there is a growing realisation that policing responses to DFV are in urgent need of reform to address this reluctance (DFV Death Review and Advisory Board 2017; Douglas 2019; Riga 2021; Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland 2015).
Police are increasingly becoming aware that responding to family violence is not something they can handle alone and recognise the importance of partnering with the DFV sector.
In 2021, QPS established frontline co-location models in the Moreton, Gold Coast, Mt Isa, Toowoomba, and Townsville Districts (QPS 2021: 9). In this presentation Kathleen Turly talks about the challenges and the benefits of this co-location with Queensland Police Service (QPS) in Toowoomba, and Amie Carrington discusses a 2022 newer initiative of having a QPS officer embedded within DVAC at Ipswitch.
This speech was recorded at the Enhancing policing and integrated responses to domestic and sexual violence workshop, co-hosted by Kerry Carrington and the University of the Sunshine Coast 21 October 2022. You can listen to it by clicking the link below.