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Bundy police called to almost 500 domestic violence breaches in less than a year

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Bundaberg police responded to an average of 16 domestic violence order breaches each week during February.

It is no secret the coronavirus pandemic is causing an increase in domestic abuse worldwide, with the UN calling it the “shadow pandemic” as victims are being trapped in homes with their abuser during lockdown.

Police are being called to a domestic and family violence incident every two minutes while a woman is dying every week in Australia.

The terrifying figures are being highlighted as part of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.

In Bundaberg, police have responded to almost 500 domestic violence-related incidents between June last year and the end of March.

A vigil will be held outside the Bundaberg Police Station tomorrow night to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic and family violence.

Acting Senior Sergeant Cameron Graham, who is in charge of the region’s domestic violence unit, says tragically it is an issue every town is facing.

"The good news here is that we do have many support services, much like EDON Place that are there to assist," Sergeant Graham says.

He is encouraging people to attend the vigil to show support for victims and in protest against perpetrators.

"It gives us a chance to reflect on the lives that have been lost to domestic and family violence, it's a stance for the whole community to come together and say, 'We're not going to put up with this behaviour, we want to being an end to domestic and family violence,'" he says.

The vigil begins at 5:30pm.