News State Queensland Grim domestic violence milestone for state

Grim domestic violence milestone for state

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Hannah Clarke and her children, Aaliyah, Lainah and Trey, were murdered by her estranged husband in February. Photo: Facebook
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Queensland Police are on course to reach a record 100,000 public interactions related to domestic violence incidents this financial year.

So far there have been more than 96,000 interactions, up 8 per cent from the same period last financial year.

The grim milestone of 100,000 interactions – including calls for service, domestic violence order applications and breaches, and orders serve – is expected to be reached before the end of June.

AAP has asked police if they can specify how many of the interactions have been callouts to deal with actual or threatened violence in Queensland homes.

Among the high-profile domestic violence cases in Queensland in 2020 has been the murder of Hannah Clarke and her three children – Laianah, Aaliyah, and Trey – by her estranged husband in Brisbane in February.

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Karen Gilliland’s estranged husband had been charged with her murder.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Nigel Gilliland was charged with the stabbing murder of his estranged wife, Karen, in Rockhampton. She died in front of their children on Wednesday.

On Friday, Ms Gilliland’s parents thanked police for their support.

“We are here to thank the first responders, ambulance and police, the neighbours on the night who helped the kids, the kids’ schools and staff, the whole Rockhampton community for their support,” they said.

“The police support has been incredible.

“The three kids are with us now and they are our only focus and priority.”

On domestic violence, Deputy Police Commissioner Tracy Linford said police had faced a steady increase such work.

“Unfortunately, we’ve seen increases year in, year out, in terms of calls for service,” she has told the ABC.

“Now is that a good thing or a bad thing? With a glass half full, I’d say that gives me some confidence that we are building the confidence of people to come to us and report it.”

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-with AAP