Community members take a stand against domestic violence during a march from Alexandra Headland to Mooloolaba.
Community members take a stand against domestic violence during a march from Alexandra Headland to Mooloolaba. Warren Lynam

REVEALED: Coast violence drops as drinking eases

A DROP in domestic violence cases has been linked to a drop in alcohol consumption in the wake of the Coast's third consecutive long weekend.

Dedicated domestic violence officers have been honing their approach to long weekends after an explosion of serious attacks against women at Easter.

They were called to 56 incidents during Easter, then 29 for the Anzac Day long weekend and 34 for the Labour Day long weekend.

Sunshine Coast Vulnerable Person Unit officer-in-charge Dave Bradley said no extreme violence was reported on the most recent long weekend.

There were breaches of orders, mostly through contact restrictions being ignored, but none of the shocking events that had marred the previous two weekends.

"Alcohol played less of a factor than the previous two weekends," Senior Sergeant Bradley said.

"It's unsurprising but an interesting correlation.

"We are very pleased that we didn't see anywhere near the level of violence."

But the problem of domestic violence respondents breaching their orders remained an issue.

Breaches occurred in person, over the phone and through the internet.

Snr Sgt Bradley said contacting a victim when ordered by a court not to could still constitute a serious offence, particularly when the aspect of stalking was present.

He said the unit would continue to focus on getting as broad of a section of the community as possible involved in reducing domestic violence.

Events such as last Wednesday's domestic violence march from Alexandra Headland to Mooloolaba were examples of growing dedication.

Snr Sgt Bradley said it was the largest group he had seen at the annual event.

"I gave us great confidence seeing people march and stay for the ceremony to listen to what survivors had to say and what leaders in our community said about domestic violence," Snr Sgt Bradley said.

He said broader involvement opened up opportunities to expand on the way domestic violence cases were managed.

"We are starting to realise that individual, custom-made referral pathways... are likely to be far more effective than the one-size-fits-all approach."


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