The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has launched a five-part podcast series called Behind the Doors of Domestic Violence.
In an effort to tackle the alarming rate of domestic violence incidents occurring in the country, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) has launched a five-part podcast series called Behind the Doors of Domestic Violence. Released during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention (DFVP) Month, this initiative aims to shed light on the issue, raise awareness, and empower victims and bystanders while advocating for behavioural change among perpetrators.
“The more we increase our knowledge and understanding of this violence and behaviour, the better placed we are as a community to help those in unsafe and controlling relationships.”
The podcast series by QPS delves into the various aspects of domestic and family violence. Acting Inspector Rowena Hardiker from the Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Command stressed the importance of maintaining an ongoing conversation about domestic and family violence to increase awareness and support individuals in unsafe relationships.
"Domestic and family violence continues to be a key priority for the QPS," said Inspector Hardiker. "We are committed to protecting and supporting victims of domestic and family violence and holding perpetrators to account. The more we increase our knowledge and understanding of this violence and behaviour, the better placed we are as a community to help those in unsafe and controlling relationships."
Hardiker emphasized that domestic and family violence encompasses physical abuse and various other abusive tactics such as emotional, sexual, financial, verbal, psychological, and technology-based methods. The podcast aims to shed light on the realities of unsafe or controlling relationships, raise awareness of available support services, and provide insights and stories from victim survivors, bystanders, and professionals in the field.
Hosted by Dean Cooper, a Violence Prevention Specialist from the Griffith University MATE Bystander program, the podcast series covers various subjects. It explores the mindset of offenders, discusses police initiatives, identifies characteristics of unhealthy relationships, and offers information about support services for both victims and perpetrators. Episode guests include friends of victims, officers working in regional communities, men's reform program facilitators, and individuals with lived experience.
Dean Cooper expressed satisfaction with the partnership between the Griffith University MATE Bystander program and the QPS. He commended the police service for utilizing podcasting as a platform to reach a large audience and encourage meaningful conversations on the topic. Cooper highlighted the importance of raising awareness and understanding to hold perpetrators accountable and support survivors of domestic and family violence.
The Behind the Doors of Domestic Violence podcast is now available for streaming on popular platforms such as Apple Podcasts and Spotify. By engaging with the stories and insights this podcast shares, listeners can actively contribute to creating a safer Queensland and a country free of domestic and family violence.
In domestic and family violence cases, it is crucial to report the incidents to the police. Victims and individuals seeking support and counselling can reach out to organizations such as DVConnect Womensline (1800 811 811), DVConnect Mensline (1800 600 636), and 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732). The Queensland Government Domestic and Family Violence portal also provides additional information and resources for those affected by domestic violence.
The hope is that the Behind the Doors of Domestic Violence podcast series will continue to make a positive impact by amplifying awareness, encouraging discussions, and ultimately fostering change in society's perception of domestic and family violence. By standing together, Queenslanders can make a difference and work towards a future where everyone feels safe and respected in their relationships.