South Burnett Domestic and Family Violence Awards night

South Burnett Police Officers with award winner Louise Thompson, Vanessa Fowler, Alan Tongue and Gavin Cooper. Picture: QPS

The South Burnett community paused to recognise the integral role working groups and individuals have played in the prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

On Thursday, May 13, the South Burnett hosted its annual Domestic and Family Violence Awards and Stakeholder dinner.

A number of services attended to mark this occasion and support the night, including ambassadors for the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation, Vanessa Fowler as well as Alan Tongue (ex-Canberra Raiders football player) and Gavin Cooper (current Cowboys Football player), attended in support of the night, providing speeches and key messages.

The winner of the major award, the ‘Exemplary Practice Award’ was shared by Julie Blundell and the manager of the QPS’ Cherbourg High Risk Team Louise Thompson.

Louise has been instrumental in establishing the group and continues to represent the QPS in the Cherbourg HRT. Her dedication to duty was deservedly recognised with the presentation of the Exemplary Practice Award.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence, you should report it to police. In an emergency call 000. Report all other domestic violence related matters by calling 131 444 or contacting a local police station.

Support and counselling is available from the following agencies:

DVConnect Womensline: 1800 811 811

DVConnect Mensline: 1800 600 636

1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732