THE Embedded Officer program which placed Ipswich police in the same working spaces as domestic violence support services looks set to be extended after a successful six months trial.
Launched in September 2022, the program aimed to better assist both victims and staff working through complex circumstances by providing onsite assistance and advice from specialist officers.
Ipswich District Inspector Kylie Rigg spoke of the positive feedback that was received throughout the trial period.
“This initiative was implemented with victims at the forefront of our mind,” Inspector Rigg said.
“We understand that while victim-survivors navigate their situations, some may feel uncomfortable attending a police station to seek help or advice.
“The benefit of having these officers placed in these service facilities is they are still fully equipped in their capabilities, whether that be by taking statements or other means of support, while in a space where they may feel more comfortable.
“Another benefit is the improved information sharing between agencies when understanding and interpreting risk to victim-survivors to provide a better and more informed victim-centric and trauma informed response.”
Domestic Violence Action Centre (DVAC) CEO Amie Carrington, spoke of the positive impact that the collaboration between the service and QPS had already had on both staff and victims.
“By having officers based in the same facility of our service, it offers an entirely new range of options for those who find themselves in unsafe relationships and are seeking help.
“It also assists staff as they work through issues which are more complex,” Amie said.
“We have already seen some incredible success stories from this initiative, whereby working together, victim-survivors seeking help have felt so safe and supported that they have taken action in situations where they said they may not have done so before.”
Police are now exploring the extension of the program for the future.