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Twilight Seminar: 'The Policing of Domestic and Family Violence within Queensland'


'The Policing of Domestic and Family Violence within Queensland'

Policing in terms of the prevention, disruption, investigation of, and response to Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) is complex. While DFV is rightly everyone’s concern, the QPS recognises the importance of its response to DFV victims-survivors and the critical role of the QPS in protecting victims, especially during highly traumatic circumstances and in navigating an often-unfamiliar criminal justice system.

Demands on police service delivery are continually growing and changing. This demand is a culmination of factors, such as changes in criminogenic behaviours, increases in the complexity of social issues and increasing community expectations about responses to DFV, among others.

The trajectory of exponential demand on the QPS, in relation to DFV calls for service, is likely to continue given that a significant proportion of DFV still remains un-reported to police; and the repositioning of DFV within the social values system from normalisation to criminalisation, and from passive acceptance to intolerance, continues.

Please join with us to hear some of the immediate, medium and long term DFV initiatives being implemented by the QPS, in partnership with government agencies and DFV support services, to better protect DFV victims-survivors and hold perpetrators to account.

About the Speaker

Acting Superintendent Ben Martain has been a police officer for 24 years. Ben joined the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in 2001 and has also served with both the New South Wales Police Force and the Australian Crime and Intelligence Commission.

Ben has held positions as a Criminal and Internal Investigator, Police Prosecutor, Senior Lawyer and a frontline Police Regional and District Duty Officer. Ben is currently the Acting Superintendent, Commander of the QPS Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Command.

Ben was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a barrister in 2006, holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Police Management. In 2019,  Ben was awarded the Wakefield Scholarship from the University of Cambridge, providing him the opportunity to study and complete a Master of Applied Criminology and Police Management in the United Kingdom.

Ben has recently published research relating to the legal and scientific analysis of police misconduct and civil litigation risks, as well as societal issues associated with suicide crisis calls and vulnerable people within the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology and the Journal of Psychiatry.

Ben represents the QPS on several domestic and family violence (DFV) forums, committees and panels where he importantly hears and learns from the experiences of DFV victim survivors. Ben is an advocate for evidence based programs, using the same to drive transformative change across a number of DFV related areas including: identification and tracking of high risk/high harm DFV perpetrators; implementation of state-wide focussed deterrence operations; piloting of gendered service delivery models and victim video statements; the delivery of bespoke training to frontline police to enhance their understanding of the discrete, nuanced indicators of coercive control, and the improved identification of the person most in need of protection.

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