Queensland Police Service Media Statement
The following comments can be attributed to Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services Mark Ryan:
As The Project would be aware there are multiple court proceedings currently on foot.
Therefore there are matters I currently am unable to speak about.
What I can say is the following:
The Palaszczuk Government takes domestic violence issues very seriously, investing millions of dollars in the last state budget to enable the Queensland Police Service to deliver extra specialist domestic violence officers across the state.
A new Criminal Code offence has also been introduced - s315A Choking, Suffocation or Strangulation - and members of the QPS have been provided with in-depth training to recognise the signs and symptoms of strangulation and the appropriate action required when strangulation is suspected.
The QPS is committed to stamping out the scourge of DFV and since the release of the Not Now, Not Ever report, the organisation has made improvements to its service delivery, policies and training related to domestic and family violence. The QPS also launched the Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit in 2015.
The Palaszczuk Government has done more that any government before it to tackle the scourge of domestic violence.
We saw a significant rise in domestic and family violence charges in 2015-16 when we first introduced new laws to tackle domestic and family violence, because victims could come forward and know they would be heard and we would take action.
When perpetrators breach Domestic Violence Orders, they can expect to be held to account for their behaviour.
We are now just over three years into a six year program of reforms, implementing the 121 recommendations for government arising from the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ report.
Three years in, we have completed 95 of the recommendations, with 26 underway, and early signs are encouraging.
More perpetrators are voluntarily accessing help, more perpetrators have been assessed as having reduced their use of domestic and family violence, and importantly, more victims know where to access help.
In relation to police we expect all members of the Queensland Police Service to hold themselves to the highest standards of behaviour.
Anyone who has concerns or a complaint about their treatment by police should contact the Police Service’s Ethical Standards Command or go to the Crime and Corruption Commission.