- Police statistics show breaches of domestic violence protection orders often occur around Christmas time
- Over the last 19 years, December has been the worst month for protection order breaches 12 times
- Shows Christmas can often cause stress and anxiety for many families
Police figures show Christmas can be an increasing time of stress for many Queensland families, with December the worst month for breaches of domestic violence protection orders.
Liberal National Party Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Stephen Bennett called on Queenslanders to look out for community members and keep these issues front of mind during the holiday period.
"As a White Ribbon Ambassador, I am committed to standing up against DV and encouraging all to do the same. Police statistics for these offences go back to 1998 – and December has been the worst month for domestic violence protection order breaches 12 out of the last 19 years," Mr Bennett said.
"This goes to show the stress this time of year can place on many households and families across Queensland and serves as a reminder of the importance of working together to address these important issues.
"The long-term statistics also illustrate the escalation of this issue over time. The number of breaches of domestic violence protection orders has increased every year since 2008.
"In 2007 there were 8,577 breaches – so far this year there have been 23,687 breaches.
"For many families across Queensland, Christmas is a chance to catch up with family, friends and loved ones.
"We should always remember and do what we can for the families and individuals on our community doing it tough and facing difficult issues during this period."