Police Claim 'No Evidence' Of Misconduct In Domestic Violence Case, Despite Recording Played On TV
A domestic violence victim has endured further hurt, after a police probe claimed there was 'no evidence' officers had acted inappropriately -- despite a recording of an encounter being played on national TV.
The woman, referred to as Elizabeth, was subject to violent abuse at the hands of her ex-husband. After reporting him to police and leaving the home, her former partner's friend -- a police officer -- looked up her details and passed them on.
That officer has been charged with hacking offences, and will face court later in January. But Elizabeth had problems with another officer too.
After complaining about her former partner again, she was told that police weren't interested and that she should "find other police to constantly harass in relation to your petty domestic violence matter."
An audio recording of the interaction was played on The Project in November and reported earlier by The Guardian.
"The amount of resources we’re putting into your matter is inordinately large compared to other women in need," the Queensland Police officer said.
"Quite frankly, I’ve done all I can and I’m not willing to speak to you any further in relation to any other matters... find other police to constantly harass in relation to your petty domestic violence matter. Do you understand?”
But despite the existence of the recording, and the fact it was played on television and reported by multiple media outlets, an internal police investigation has found "no evidence to support the allegations made" that Elizabeth was spoken to inappropriately by the officer.
"Even when I voice recorded an officer as proof, which clearly demonstrates how I'm being treated, then for it to be aired on national television, and for the Queensland Police to still have the audacity to say they've found no evidence to support my allegations? Please, do a Google search, it's online," Elizabeth told The Project.
The internal investigation also reported it had found no evidence supporting another claim from Elizabeth, that an investigation into another alleged incident with her former partner -- where he allegedly threatened her -- had been inappropriately delayed.
"I can comment on the fact that an officer faced disciplinary investigation in relation to that, but we don’t discuss the outcome of those discipline processes other than to say it has been finalised," Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said.
Watch the full story on The Project from 6.30pm on Wednesday night.
Author and Social Justice Advocate Renee Eaves has been working closely with ‘Elizabeth’ throughout her ordeal, her latest book is out now.