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Ben Bjarnesen

Year of Award: 2016 Award State: Queensland Social Welfare > Domestic Violence
To enhance police response to LGBTI domestic violence - UK, Netherlands, Canada, USA
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Major Lessons Learnt

  • The necessity of LGBTI liaison officers work in the community to gain the trust of the community
  • The benefits of having a 24hr central point of contact for LGBTI Liaison Officers
  • The necessity of internal LGBTI awareness training programs for recruits and officers
  • The need to acknowledge that DV occurs in all relationships, not just heterosexual
  • The potential for the expansion of LGBTI liaison officer roles
  • The critical importance of continual engagement with LGBTI support organisations
  • The benefits of Community Consultative Committees involving the community and police
  • The need to record DV incidents occurring in LGBTI communities
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