DFV safe places in all Queensland police stations

Queensland Police safe space at Petrie station. | Newsreel
The DFV safe space at the Petrie Police Station. | Photo: Supplied by Queensland Police Service

Every Queensland police station now has a “safe-space” for domestic violence victims.

Assistant Commissioner of the Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Command Christopher Jory said the stations’ safe spaces enabled Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) victims and survivors to feel comfortable and supported reporting their experience to police.

Assistant Commissioner Jory said the safe spaces provide a designated private, safe, and secure area for all community members to discuss DFV and other traumatic matters.

“The introduction of private, safe and secure spaces in every Queensland police station marks a significant milestone in our commitment to providing compassionate and effective support to DFV victim-survivors,” he said.

“These dedicated rooms ensure that victim-survivors of DFV feel comfortable and supported when reporting their experiences to us.

“By prioritising their wellbeing and providing a safe and welcoming environment, we empower survivors to come forward and seek the assistance and support they need to break the cycle of abuse and find safety.”

The video below shows Petrie Police Station’s new safe space for victims of DFV.

Zonta Club members in the Moreton Bay suburb, north of Brisbane,  raised money to buy furniture, including a sofa and coffee table, to bring warmth to the room and make the experience less intimidating.

They also purchased toys and books for any children who accompany the person using the room, transforming the space into a safe, secure and welcoming environment for victims of DFV and their families.

Assistant Commissioner Jory said stations would continue to upgrade these spaces based on their areas’ changing needs and expectations.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence, you should report it to police.

Support and counselling is available from the following agencies:

  • DVConnect Womensline: 1800 811 811.
  • DVConnect Mensline: 1800 600 636.
  • 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732
  • 13YARN: 13 92 76.

More information is also available from the Queensland Government Domestic and Family Violence portal.