Queensland Police launch domestic violence podcast

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Every week, on average one woman is killed at the hands of domestic and family violence perpetrators in Queensland.

And on average one man dies each month in the Sunshine State because of domestic or family violence.

In recognition of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, Queensland Police have launched a five-part podcast putting the deadly issue under the spotlight. 

The series - Behind the Doors of Domestic Violence - aims to raise community awareness and empower victim-survivors and bystanders.

It also hopes to change the behaviours of those who use abusive and unhealthy tactics in relationships.

The first episode, Lived Experience - featuring Jo Mason, a survivor who left her abusive relationship after five years, and Dave Kramer, who lost his best friend, Hannah Clarke, in a way that shook the country - will be launched on Friday.

"Domestic and family violence continues to be a key priority for the Queensland Police Service," Inspector Mel Dwyer from the Domestic and Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Command said.

"A healthy relationship is trusting, supportive and safe - no one should be scared by their partner or someone in their family.

"Domestic and family violence is not only physical but can include abusive tactics that are emotional, sexual, financial, social, spiritual, verbal, psychological or technology-based."

The series will also focus on the realities of unsafe or controlling relationships.

"By listening to and learning from the stories and insights shared in this podcast, we can all play a role in ending domestic violence,'' Insp Dwyer said.

"Listeners will learn that, together, we can make a difference."

Hosted by violence prevention specialist Dean Cooper, the series will delve into the mindset of an offender, identify characteristics of unhealthy and unsafe relationships, and outline support services available.

"It's great to see the Queensland Police Service utilise a method such as podcasting to reach a large audience and encourage these conversations," Mr Cooper said.

Behind the Doors of Domestic Violence is available for streaming on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

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