Police battling to stop Logan's domestic violence

Logan's Domestic Violence team consists of Constable Gina Waites, Senior Constable Brenden Skudder, Senior Constable Chris Le Ray, Acting Sergeant Larissa Shaw, Senior Constable Karen Bullion and Senior Constable Terri-Sue McDonald. Photo: Contributed
Logan's Domestic Violence team consists of Constable Gina Waites, Senior Constable Brenden Skudder, Senior Constable Chris Le Ray, Acting Sergeant Larissa Shaw, Senior Constable Karen Bullion and Senior Constable Terri-Sue McDonald. Photo: Contributed Contributed

DOMESTIC violence is core business for Logan's police.

Acting Superintendent Glenn Allen said there were 5200 incidents of domestic violence reported in Logan last year, and applications for domestic violence orders and breaches were on the rise.

"Prior to September 11 we were dealing with an average of 27 breaches of DVOs on a weekly basis," Acting Superintendent Allen said.

"That weekly figure has almost doubled to average 48 now."

Domestic violence co-ordinator for Logan Acting Sergeant Larissa Shaw said she reviewed an average of 20 calls a day.

"On Monday morning there are usually 40-60 new domestic violence incidents logged," she said.

"The majority of your shift as an on-road copper is disturbances or domestic violence incidences."

Acting Sergeant Shaw said as Logan is home to the most multicultural community in Australia, dealing with incidents of domestic violence also becomes tremendously complex.

A month ago, a dedicated domestic violence unit was established to tackle the complex and critical business of domestic violence in the city.

"It's not glamorous business," Acting Superintendent Allen said.

"This is the human side of policing, dealing with the fallout, distressed children, battered women, it's not easy.

"These five officers have been selected for the commitment and passion they have displayed in eradicating domestic violence."

Acting Sergeant Shaw said no two situations were ever the same.

Logan's domestic violence unit will assume a proactive approach by monitoring the (current) 118 high risk offenders in the city as well as connect victims and perpetrators with the relevant support agencies on a case by case basis.

"We want to help victims become survivors and not statistics," Acting Sergeant Shaw said.

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