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BOUNCERS are assaulting women as a new wave of violence emerges outside restaurants and clubs.
Licensed venues are cutting costs by hiring fewer bouncers, forcing nervous single guards to use physical force rather than negotiation.
They are using "wrist locks" taught by ex-police officers but their poor technique is leading to compensation claims for broken wrists.
Latest research by the Office of Fair Trading reveals a spike in prosecutions and complaints against more than 29,000 security providers in the state.
Fair Trading officials issued 383 infringement notices and 299 warnings against security providers between January 1 2009 and February 23 this year, a spokesman said.
"OFT suspended 117 security providers in 2009-2010 and 63 so far in the 2010-2011 financial year for a range of disqualifying offences," he said.
Forty-seven licences were suspended for assaults in 2009-2010 - and 16 so far for 2010-2011.
A total of 25 licences during the entire period have been cancelled after investigations of assaults.
In separate incidents:
* An alleged assault on a middle-aged woman at a Broadbeach restaurant has sparked a police investigation after she was allegedly tossed on the footpath.
* A 49-year-old woman has launched court action against a Gold Coast venue claiming more than $170,000 in damages after a "wrist lock" from a security guard allegedly fractured her arm.
Gold Coast solicitor Bruce Simmonds, who represents security officers in WorkCover claims, said many venues lacked the intimidation factor of having up to three staffers on the doors.
"If you go to a nightclub you will have a one-on-one scenario, whereas for the patron previously it would have been two or three on one," Mr Simmonds said.
"You don't go and pick a fight with three security guards."
Griffith University criminologist Tim Prenzler said the traditional conflict had involved drunken young men.
"I was not aware of the trend (involving women). I do know that the security industry wants to recruit more women," Professor Prenzler said.
"They're much better at handling people."