Police stations roll out ‘safe spaces’ for Domestic and Family Violence victim-survivors

Queensland Police stations have taken a step forward in supporting domestic and family violence (DFV) victim-survivors by establishing ‘safe spaces’ in every station across the state, reaffirming our commitment to victim-centric and trauma-informed practices.

Safe spaces provide a designated private, safe, and secure area for all community members to discuss DFV and other traumatic matters.

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

“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 above video shows Petrie Police Station’s new safe space for victims of DFV.

The Zonta Club members 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.

Stations will 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:

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

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