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Ipswich police called to 168 domestic violence breaches in a month

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Ipswich police responded to an average of 42 domestic violence order breaches each week during February.

It is no secret the coronavirus pandemic causing an increase in domestic abuse worldwide with the UN calling it the “shadow pandemic” as victims are being trapped in homes with their abuser during lockdown.

Police are being called to a domestic and family violence incident every two minutes while a woman is dying every week in Australia.

The terrifying figures are being highlighted as part of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.

In Ipswich, officers responded to 168 DV breaches during February alone.

But Queensland Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Wheeler points out there are different kinds of domestic abuse that cause long-lasting psychological harm, and it’s not just about being assaulted.

“It is not always physical; it can be emotional or economical, and it can be other forms that don’t involve an assault or physical violence.

“There are issues around coercive control.”

“The statistics are really alarming across Australian policing jurisdictions – every two minutes police attend a family and domestic violence related call.”

Forum at Ipswich Turf Club

The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation will hold a forum at the Ipswich Turf Club on May 25 as part of awareness month.

Allison’s body was discovered at Kholo Creek, in 2012. Her husband was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Vanessa Fowler, her older sister, says the system is broken, if women and children continue to die after turning to the law for protection.

She says that people need to more than a bystander.

“Coercive control is a pattern of behaviour over time, and it certainly quite hard to distinguish the humiliation and isolation that goes on behind the scenes.

“I think each and everyone of us has a role to play, and we need to have a personal interest.”