Posted: 23 November, 2016
by Taylah Webb / @clairesherwood_
1 in 3 Domestic Violence Orders Breached
Pic credit: White Ribbon Australia
Shocking new figures have shown that 1 in every 3 domestic violence orders are being breached.
New statistics show that of the 6144 DVOs granted on the Gold Coast and Logan in 2015-2016, 2145 were breached.. some of them, within hours of being granted.
It's a 30% increase in just one year.
Just two days after burying her 20 year old daughter, Shelsea Schilling, Gold Coast woman Bonnie Markwell Mobbs is calling for a harsher crackdown. Local MPs are backing the calls, saying offenders are treating the orders as 'just a piece of paper'.
Police say offenders don't fear the penalties for breaches. That thought is reinforced in the stats for reoffending.
First time breaches have skyrocketed from 642 to a shocking 1001, over 450 breached their order a second time, 233 a third time, 128 four times and 324 breached at least five times.
There is hope that the calls for Magistrates to be required to produce a written explanation for giving bail to repeat offenders could prevent a large number of breeches, and stop reoffenders from slipping through the cracks.
There have also been recommendations for harsher consequences for breeches early on, establishing the boundaries the offenders are so likely to test.
Remember, if you need help, it's available:
DV Connect: 1800 811 811
Mensline: 1300 789 978
Lifeline: 131 114