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Townsville police called to nearly 300 DVO breaches in a month

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Townsville police responded to an average of 73 domestic violence order breaches each week during February.

It is no secret the coronavirus pandemic causing an increase in domestic abuse worldwide with the UN calling it the “shadow pandemic” as victims are being trapped in homes with their abuser during lockdown.

Police are being called to a domestic and family violence incident every two minutes while a woman is dying every week in Australia.

The terrifying figures are being highlighted as part of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.

In Townsville, officers responded to 293 DVO breaches during February alone.

But Queensland Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Wheeler points out there are different kinds of domestic abuse that cause long-lasting psychological harm, and it’s not just about being assaulted.

“It is not always physical; it can be emotional or economical, and it can be other forms that don’t involve an assault or physical violence.

“There are issues around coercive control.”

“The statistics are really alarming across Australian policing jurisdictions – every two minutes police attend a family and domestic violence related call.”