Police crackdown in violence-prone suburbs lead to dozens of DV arrests

A major police crackdown in one of Queensland’s worst domestic violence-offending suburbs has resulted in multiple arrests.

May 23, 2024, updated May 23, 2024
Women's refuges have dealt with a growing number of cases and are under funding pressure. Photo: ABC

Women's refuges have dealt with a growing number of cases and are under funding pressure. Photo: ABC

Queensland Police launched Operation Shield in Ipswich, west of Brisbane, to reduce domestic and family violence offending in the area.

The region was identified as having a high risk of domestic violence harm with police data revealing there have been 1254 breaches of domestic violence prevention orders so far this year.

Statewide, there has been 204,460 breaches of domestic violence orders.

The tactical operation – using both local Ipswich officers and specialist domestic violence police – charged 14 high-risk offenders with a string of offences.

Offences include stalking, assault and breaching domestic violence orders.

The arrests were a result of police assessing the risk of known offenders who were identified as potentially escalating their behaviour.

“Domestic family violence is not only physical but can include abusive tactics that are emotional, sexual, financial, verbal, psychological or technology-based,” Senior Sergeant Lee Fortune said in a statement on Thursday.

The operation aimed to send a clear message to the Ipswich and broader Queensland community that violence will not be tolerated.

“We are committed to protecting and supporting victims of domestic and family violence and holding perpetrators to account,” Sgt Fortune said.

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There is a national focus on domestic violence and slowing the surge of incidents after at least 28 women have been killed so far in 2024.

National cabinet held an emergency meeting earlier in May on domestic violence prevention where state, territory, and federal leaders vowed to do more to stamp out the rise.

The federal government had pledged more than $900 million to make a permanent program, providing $5000 in relief measures for women fleeing violence situations.

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