Independent and FREE - 2021 Best Online Publication

myPolice: how special unit is helping vulnerable people

Independent and FREE – 2021 Best Online Publication (Qld Country Press)

myPolice: how special unit is helping vulnerable people


myPolice column: how special unit helps vulnerable people on the Sunshine Coast

Do you have a news tip? Click here to send to our news team.

Sun’s out, bums out: when nude bathing boiled over

To bare or not to bare was the big question on the Sunshine Coast during the early summer of 1987. Nude and topless bathers raised More

Mums give volunteering a wonderful new flavour

A group of hardworking mothers from a Sunshine Coast school have joined forces to serve families in need. About 30 parents and care-givers from Siena More

Game on: Qld-first program takes students to next level

The designers of one of the world's most popular games have formed a Queensland-first partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast. Epic Games named More

Jane Stephens: why everyone deserves a second chance

Second chances give us a shot at being stronger, better and more together. Some come after mistakes or missteps, others after cruel blows that were More

352 fines: pensioner’s fury as Noosa clamps down on ‘illegal camping’

A pensioner couple is furious for being treated "like criminals" in Noosa Council’s crackdown on illegal camping that has seen hundreds of fines issued. Eddie More

Electric new pathway to the NRL for Coast schoolboys

The region's best young rugby league players have a new pathway to the NRL, thanks to a school's new partnership with a powerhouse club. An More

May is Domestic Violence and Family (DFV) Prevention month, dedicated to raising awareness and sending a message to perpetrators that violence is not tolerated.

The Queensland Police Service is committed to enhancing policing responses to support the vulnerable persons of our community.

Sunshine Coast police have a dedicated ‘Domestic and Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit’ (VPU), which plays a crucial role in prevention, disruption, response, and investigation of domestic violence (DV).

This unit consists of highly trained police officers who specialise in supporting victims of DFV. Our VPU is focused on early intervention of domestic violence.

The team will review and evaluate every DV incident and decide whether the victim and children need further support through external agencies to ensure their safety.

VPU will also evaluate the behaviours of the perpetrator, the frequency of DV incidents and the severity of the DV incident/s.

If these incidents are seen as escalating and the victim and children are classified as high risk the VPU will refer the incident to the DFV section.

The high-risk perpetrators are a portfolio of the DFV unit. This team focuses on victims and children who are at high risk of harm and lethality by the perpetrator.

The DFV identify and coordinate the high risk DFV referrals into the multi-agency network to ensure that there is a safety plan to reduce any further harm to the victim and children.

The VPU is dedicated to prevention and disruption of the perpetrator. The perpetrator can be referred to external agencies to participate in specialised programs addressing their behaviour and way of thinking.

These programs are designed to assist the perpetrator to develop and maintain respectful attitudes and behaviours within their family or intimate relationships. Change can be challenging, but it is very attainable.

Stopping the violence is the most important step.

This column is compiled by the Sunshine Coast District Crime Prevention Unit.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at