New kits to help domestic violence victims seek support

It is hoped a new kit bag will give hope to domestic violence victims in the days after an incident of abuse.

Several local support groups collaborated to put together the bags, which police will give to those who had suffered at the hands of perpetrators.

The bags, which include tissues, tea, coffee and important information on support services, were presented to Beaudesert police officers on March 19.

Senior Constable Mike Berry said the kits would help empower victims and educate them to identify domestic violence.

“When we turn up to a job, they might not want to hear the information we’re telling them – it can be a bit of an information overload,” he said.

“With these packs, they can sit down in their own time and read through it and start identifying what is going on in their life and in their relationship.”

Senior Constable Berry said he hoped the bags would help people take preventatives measures and avoid repeated incidents.

“Domestic violence will never go away but we can do something about it to prevent the occurrence with that person,” he said.

“Once they identify the problems, the aggrieved can take other avenues to stop it from reoccurring,” he said.

Officer-in-Charge of Beaudesert Police Station Jay Pannowitz said the project to create the packs was a “massive community effort”.

“We’ve had women in refuges assemble them, different community groups make the bags and lots of local agencies contributed to the content inside,” she said.

“It was great to see the whole Beaudesert community come together and help.”

Senior Sergeant Pannowitz said the kits would be very useful for officers’ day-to-day jobs and expected all the packs to be used.

“We will be receiving more bags once we the initial 50, this is going to be an ongoing resource,” she said.

Mercy Community Services facilitator Louise Whettam said the idea to provide police with the tools was a collaborative effort amongst community services in town.

This included working with Human Services, Family and Child Connect, Your Town, Beaucare, YFS, Department of Communities Child Safety and Mununjali.

Ms Whettam said the topic of domestic violence was raised when senior sergeant Berry expressed his concern for people in the community who had been victims of domestic violence.

“We asked police how we could better assist them when they have been called out to domestic and family violence incidents and we came up with the packs,” she said.

“We were more than happy to help and hope it will make a difference.”

Who to call?

Beaudesert Police 5542 1155

Emergency 000

For non-urgent calls call Police Assistance Line 131 444

Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000

Policelink 131 444