Fewer than 90 domestic violence specialist police officers in Queensland to handle 107,000 cases

Fewer than 90 domestic violence specialist police officers in Queensland to handle 107,000 cases

The Guardian

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As the force struggles with rising case numbers, under-funded non-government agencies are left to do heavy lifting

The Queensland police service employs fewer than 90 officers as specialists in domestic and family violence, despite case numbers rising to more than 100,000 a year across the state.

As the QPS attempts to understand its own “failures” to protect murdered Gold Coast mother Kelly Wilkinson, support services and victims’ advocates have spoken out about the chronic under-resourcing of programs designed to intervene to prevent harm to women.

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