Domestic violence has been on the rise this year in Noosa.
Domestic violence has been on the rise this year in Noosa.

‘Alarming’ spike in Noosa domestic violence levels

Domestic violence in Noosa has spiked almost 20 per cent this year according to local police, fuelling a call for locals to turn out in large numbers for a day of action later this month.

Noosa police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Ben Carroll has told a Zonta Noosa meeting there were 89 domestic and family violence applications made since the start of the year.

“With still over six weeks remaining this calendar year we can expect these numbers to reach around 109 police applications or an increase of about 18 per cent on last year,” Sen-Sgt Carroll said.

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He said there had been 66 breaches of domestic violence orders recorded in Noosa since July 1.

“We are projected to be up 21 per cent on last year’s financial year figures if this trend continues,” he said.

Noosa police officer-in-charge Sen-Sgt Ben Carroll.
Noosa police officer-in-charge Sen-Sgt Ben Carroll.

Sen-Sgt Carroll urged community members impacted by domestic violence to seek assistance from the various support agencies operating across the Noosa Shire.

Zonta Noosa president Margie Fisher described the statistics as alarming and highlighted a need to drive greater awareness of women’s rights violations in the community.

Ms Fisher is calling on the Noosa community to join the Say No to Violence Against Women Walk on Sunday, November 29.

She said people were encouraged to take action to influence the legal protections as well as changing gender-based attitudes and behaviours to end violence against women and girls.

Such violence, Ms Fisher said, included mental, emotional and financial abuse and she encouraged Noosa to adopt the official campaign colour of orange.

“We are delighted at the level of support that Zonta is receiving for this campaign,” she said.

“Noosa Council are displaying a banner at the start of the walk in Noosaville, the Hastings Street Association are organising orange lighting for the main Hastings St roundabout, while Bendigo Bank and the Noosa Library are hosting promotional displays for the whole duration of the event.”

The Zonta Noosa walk will start at 8am on November 29 at the Noosaville Lions Park sound stage near the Noosa Yacht Club in Gympie Tce.