Queensland Police Services’s (QPS) Intensive referral of domestic violence respondents program today received a bronze award in the police-led category of the 2019 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).
The ACVPA recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia and play a vital role in highlighting effective community-based initiatives to prevent crime and violence.
QPS Senior Sergeant Kim Cavell said the program targets domestic and family violence offenders with engagement from the Sunshine Coast’s Vulnerable Persons Unit following the initial incident. Officers discuss options for support services and use a police led enhanced referral and intervention strategy, through external partners, to facilitate behaviour change to reduce reoffending.
“This initiative recognises that, without paying attention to shifting behavioural norms in domestic and family violence perpetrators, the problem of violence in the community is likely only temporarily addressed,” said Senior Sergeant Kim Cavell.
“Winning this award is an endorsement to the hardworking and dedicated team of police officers who are committed to reducing domestic and family violence on the Sunshine Coast.”
The annual ACVPA recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.
“This is an important program which is effective in reducing the reoccurance of domestic and family violence. Supporting perpetrators to change their behaviour is a vital element in keeping families safe,” said Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Michael Phelan APM.
All projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service, and chaired by the AIC Director.
The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management.
For more information about the award winners, visit www.aic.gov.au/acvpa