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Heart-breaking family violence crosses generations

EXAMPLES of inter-generational family violence are the most heart-breaking, according to Sergeant Josephine Griffin, the Capricornia District Police Service domestic and family violence co-ordinator.

Statistics reveal 359 domestic violence orders were issued in Gladstone in 2014.

"I've been in the job long enough to see children of offenders become offenders," she said.

"It is shocking, absolutely disgusting and a huge problem in central Queensland."

In a bad week, Capricornia police can attend up to 280 call-outs in regards to domestic and family violence.

The cases that are then formalised through the judicial system are a mere drop in the water.

Each day an application is lodged represents months and, in some cases, years of torment and abuse.

But the toll taken does not stop at just the victim, with emergency service workers and case workers equally rattled by the crimes of domestic violence.

"Call-outs of this nature are the most volatile, the highest risk, the most prevalent and the most distressing of all jobs that police will attend," Sgt Griffin said.

"And usually, we find the holiday period over Christmas to be the busiest times for domestic violence."

But for every initial step, there are many more victims who remain too scared, immobilised by fear, to seek help.

"We need to change the culture," Sgt Griffin said.

"We need to stop domestic violence before the cycle begins again.

"This is why we target youth in our educational programs but everyone in our communities can play a vital role."

Topics:  abuse capricornia domestic violence gladstone police

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