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Friday 20th November 2020
Officer in Charge of the Gold Coast District Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit
Detective Senior Sergeant Vanessa Wiseman is the Officer in Charge of the Gold Coast District Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit.
The DFV&VPU is committed to the Queensland Police Service’s mission to make Queensland the safest state by preventing, disrupting, responding to and investigating offences committed against vulnerable people in our community. What is now the permanent Gold Coast DFV&VPU commenced as the DFV Taskforce in 2016.
The unit works collaboratively with external partners in the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Integrated Response, and Southport Specialist Court Operational Working Group, to enhance the safety and outcomes for vulnerable people via timely and coordinated multi-agency responses.
The DFV&VPU has previously been recognised as a leader in this area via the awarding of the 2018 Australian Institute of Criminology, Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Gold Award.
Vanessa has been a Queensland police officer for twenty-seven years and has demonstrated her commitment to protecting vulnerable people whilst working in general duties, Child Protection & Investigation Unit, Child Protection Offender Registry, Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect Team and the DFV&VPU.
Vanessa has been influential in shaping how police respond to, and investigate, domestic and family violence offences and is a member of a number of QPS reference groups and project teams committed to enhancing police responses and client outcomes.
Coordinator of the Specialist Domestic and Family Violence Court at Southport Magistrates Court
Holly Terrace is the coordinator of the Specialist Domestic and Family Violence Court at Southport Magistrates Court, located on the Gold Coast. The specialist court was the first of its kind in Queensland and remains one of the leading courts across Queensland in relation to innovation and the provision of services to support people who are impacted by or experiencing domestic and family violence.
Gold Coast born and raised, Holly started her career in the Department of Justice and Attorney-General over 23 years ago. She has held a range of diverse roles within the justice system, child protection system and the disability sector.
Holly is passionate about creating awareness about issues such as domestic and family violence, elder abuse and other issues impacting the most vulnerable in our community. Having been an integral part of a number of court programs addressing recidivism in Queensland, Holly would like to see intervention and support for people experiencing and using domestic violence to be provided at the earliest opportunity to break the cycle for future generations.
Director at Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence
Di is the founder and current Director of the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence Inc., Board Member of the Ending Violence Against Women Queensland (EVAWQ) and Secretary of the Red Rose Foundation.
Di has worked in the area of violence against women and children for 40 years as a care provider, counsellor, refuge worker, advocate, educator and service manager in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.
She was instrumental in the development of both the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Service and Macleod Women’s Refuge, which is named after her.
Di is a published author, has presented at International conferences, developed resources, workshops, education and training programs in the area of domestic and sexual violence.
Di recognises the importance of access to trauma informed support and safety for victim/survivors and is committed to ending all forms of gender based violence.
" In 2014-2015 a total of 71,775 incidents of domestic and family violence were reported to Queensland Police."
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