26 September 2023

New team to combat domestic violence

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The Department of Justice and Attorney General is to establish a Domestic Violence High Risk Team in Redland City.

The team will strengthen the response to serious cases of violence, and better protect those victims most at risk across the Brisbane South Region.

Attorney-General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman said High Risk Teams were a key tool in the State’s commitment to tackle domestic and family violence.

“High Risk Teams help prevent vulnerable women from slipping through the cracks,” Ms Fentiman said.

“They identify victims of violence early, and then work with them closely to ensure their safety.”

She said High Risk Teams were made up of representatives from the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health, the Department of Housing, and various support services.

“These Agencies share critical information quickly about a woman at risk of violence and carefully manage her situation, while also monitoring potentially dangerous perpetrators,” Ms Fentiman said.

“That’s why in response to recommendations made by the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce, I’m pleased to announce High Risk Teams are being rolled out into more locations, including Townsville and the Brisbane South Region.”

MP for Redlands, Kim Richards said the specialised teams saved lives.

“Through early intervention they are able to better identify and prevent domestic and family violence in our community,” Ms Richards (pictured) said.

The Redlands-Brisbane South High Risk Team adds to the eight existing High Risk Teams currently operating in Mount Isa, Cairns, Mackay, Caboolture, Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan Beenleigh, and Cherbourg.

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