This collaborative project between DVAC and QPS, and funded by QUT Centre for Justice, evaluated a pilot to improve the policing of Domestic and Family Violence by co-locating a specialist DV worker at Toowoomba Police Station. The report was written by Jess Rodgers, Kerry Carrington, Vanessa Ryan and Regan Carr.
This report assessed how this co-location model meets DVAC co-location objectives, aiming to improve the support and experiences of those who come to Toowoomba police station seeking help for domestic violence.
The co-location introduced benefits from the client, DVAC and police perspective. These included emotional support, information sharing, communication, efficiency, education, access to networks, and improved police legitimacy. Police were supportive of the DV worker located at the station and stated it would be ‘a step backwards’ if discontinued.
Read the full report and findings here