Police attend forum as domestic violence numbers rise

GLADSTONE police will attend a domestic violence forum in Rockhampton this week to look at new ways of addressing an alarming trend across the Central region.

In 2012/13 the number of breaches of domestic violence protection orders rose to 1178, a significant increase from the 710 breaches recorded in 2008/09.

Capricornia district Acting Superintendent Virginia Nelson said police were trying to examine the trends and triggers for domestic and family violence, as the figure was expected to rise again.

"We're looking to the reasons for it... we understand the causal factors, now we're looking at new ways to respond and prevent domestic violence," she said.

As well as representatives from Gladstone, the forum will include police from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Mackay and Wide Bay, along with government and non-government agencies.

Guest speaker is Federal Court Judge Ann Demack. Keynote speaker is Centre for Domestic Violence Research director at CQUniversity in Mackay, Heather Nancarrow.

Capricornia's domestic violence liaison officer Sgt Jo Griffiths said alcohol was involved in about 80% of cases, especially in more serious cases involving assault.

For confidential help and support phone the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling line on 1800737732. If there is immediate danger phone 000.