Domestic violence order contravention charges up in Redlands

DOMESTIC violence orders are being broken about 15 times every week in the Redlands.

Statistics from Queensland Courts reveals almost 300 domestic violence order contravention charges were lodged to Cleveland Magistrates Court by police in the four months to November.

This was about 35 charges short of the 329 clocked-up throughout all of last financial year.

The information was revealed ahead of White Ribbon Day on Friday last week, which was aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence and its prevention.

One Redlands domestic violence support group attributed the rise in Redlands’ contravention charges to growing community awareness about domestic violence and the good work of police.

A spokeswoman for The Centre for Women and Co said it was clear victims were contacting police and support services more often when threatened by an abusive partner or family member.

“The community is becoming more aware that domestic violence is not acceptable and police are responding,” the spokeswoman said.

The Centre for Women and Co, previously known as Working Against Violence Support Services, provides court-based services at Cleveland and Wynnum Magistrates Courts.

Ipswich, Townsville and Southport magistrates courts processed the state’s largest number of DVO contravention charges, with almost 2000 tallied between the three since July 1.

Information from Queensland Courts about DVO applications across the state has revealed about 71 per cent of aggrieved parties were females seeking protection from males.

About 16 per cent of applications were made to protect males from females, with about 14 per cent off applications made to protect victims from same sex respondents.

The Redlands for Women and Co spokesperson said it was sad protection orders were breached so often.

More Queensland Courts statistics can be found at courts.qld.gov.au.