Record number of Gold Coast domestic violence offenders ignore orders

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

  • Record 810 offenders in Bonney breached domestic violence orders in 2016/17
  • Almost double the number of offenders are breaching orders than two years ago
  • Labor continues to fail domestic violence victims


A record 810 offenders in the new electorate of Bonney thumbed their noses at domestic violence orders in 2016, according to latest figures released by Queensland Police.*

LNP Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Ros Bates said victims were left exposed and vulnerable under a failing system.

“We have a domestic violence crisis in Queensland and areas like Labrador, Biggera Waters, Parkwood and Arundel are no exception,” Ms Bates said.

“On the Gold Coast, we have seen reported breaches of domestic violence orders skyrocket under Labor to 2,394 – 90 percent jump in two years.

“In the last year alone, we saw 644 reported breaches of domestic violence orders in the Southport Police division and 166 in Runaway Bay.

“Labor is doing nothing to keep vulnerable victims of domestic violence safe as we continue to see funding not getting to areas of urgent need and women left helpless or even put at risk by Labor’s failures.

“In contrast, the LNP team has been visiting local organisations and talking to local residents about a solution to Labor’s crises in domestic violence and Child Safety.”

Ms Bates said tougher laws that held offenders more accountable for their actions needed to be considered.

“Where are the much promised GPS trackers for domestic violence offenders that the LNP fought to have introduced into law earlier this year?” Ms Bates said.

“Under Labor we have seen a series of major blunders that have left victims of domestic violence exposed.

“The LNP has a real plan to tackle domestic violence – from Opposition we introduced a series of tough new bail and parole laws for domestic violence offenders that Labor opposed.

“Only the LNP will deliver a safer and more liveable Queensland.”