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Queensland Police Stations introduce safe spaces for domestic violence victims

Guy Hazlewood    May 25, 2024    2 min read   

In a proactive move towards supporting victims of domestic and family violence (DFV),  designated ‘safe spaces’ have been established in Queensland Police stations statewide.

These safe spaces serve as confidential areas within police stations where community members, particularly DFV victim-survivors, can safely and comfortably discuss their experiences with authorities.

Queensland Police stations have established designated ‘safe spaces’. Source: Alexander Dummer, Pexel.

Assistant commissioner of the Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Command Christopher Jory, stressed the significance of these spaces in providing a supportive environment for victims to come forward.

“The introduction of private, safe, and secure spaces in every Queensland police station marks a significant milestone in our commitment to providing compassionate and effective support to DFV victim-survivors,” he said.

“These dedicated rooms ensure that victim-survivors of DFV feel comfortable and supported when reporting their experiences to us.”

By prioritising the well-being of victims and providing a secure environment, the Queensland Police aim to empower survivors to seek assistance and break the cycle of abuse.

To provide warmth and a welcoming atmosphere in these safe spaces, the Zonta Club members played a pivotal role.

They raised funds to furnish the rooms with items like sofas and coffee tables, creating a less intimidating environment for individuals seeking support.

Additionally, toys and books were purchased to cater to children, transforming the space into a safe and secure space for families in distress.

The commitment to supporting DFV victims extends beyond the initial setup, with stations committed to continuously upgrading these spaces to meet evolving community needs and expectations.

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Guy Hazlewood