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    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    $17M boost for domestic and family violence support

    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Wednesday, April 01, 2015

    $17M boost for domestic and family violence support

    Families affected by domestic and family violence in eight locations across Queensland will soon have greater access to support with increased funding for new services.

    Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said nine organisations will share in an extra $17 million over the next three years under funding approved by the Department of Communities and this package is round 1 of funding worth $49 million over five years.

    Ms Fentiman said the funding would strengthen the capacity of the service system to respond to the needs of people affected by domestic and family violence and fill gaps where there are very few or no services.

    She said new domestic and family violence services would be established in the following locations:

    •             North Queensland

    •             Ipswich region

    •             Redlands

    •             Brisbane

    •             Sunshine Coast

    •             Redcliffe

    •             Pine Rivers

    •             Toowoomba

     

    “The new services will give families affected by domestic violence better access to specialist counselling, court based services, information and support and intervention programs,” Ms Fentiman said.

    Ms Fentiman said the new domestic and family violence services would support the roll-out of new Family and Child Connect and Intensive Family Support services that are being delivered as part of the Carmody Report reforms to Queensland’s child protection system.

    “The government recognises a high proportion of families who have contact with the child protection system are also likely to experience, or be at risk of experiencing, domestic and family violence,” she said.

    Service system integration, cross-agency coordination and addressing service delivery gaps are key recommendations of the ‘Not now, Not ever report that was handed down to the Premier on 28 February by the Dame Quentin Bryce’s Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence.

    Ms Fentiman said the Government was examining the taskforce recommendations to determine how improved support can be provided to families and individuals experiencing violence.

     

    Media Contact: Minister Fentiman’s office 3719 7500