Prossie let's talk about DV
IT WAS only on April 29 that a 60-year-old Proserpine man was charged with assault when he allegedly threatened and struck his foreign partner who had only been in the country four months.
The alleged domestic violence incident added to the 14 DV reports investigated in Proserpine in April which involved three protection order applications, one breach of an order and five alleged victims put in touch with referral services.
May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, sadly an issue the local region is not immune to, with Proserpine police averaging 25 investigations into alleged DV a month.
Proserpine police acting officer-in-charge Alan Davis said last week alone police attended five DV call-outs.
"This month Queensland Police are asking everyday Queenslanders to take responsibility,” he said.
"Most of the incidents in this area revolve around alcohol or separated parents of children - but normally by the time they ring us that sort of behaviour has been going on for a while and it's finally got the the stage they can't deal with it.
"Anyone can step in if you think something is not right - a lot of times the people doing it don't realise how far they've gone - friends, family urge them to get help before it escalates.
"Don't worry about being a busy-body, you can save a life.
"If you are supporting a victim know that there is help out there and organisations with in the community who care. Research says it can take several tries to leave an abusive relationship, so just keep supporting them until they are strong enough to leave.”
If you or someone you know needs help contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, DV connect Women's Line 1800 811 811 or Men's Line 1800 600 636.