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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad
    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    $6.4 million boost to help domestic violence and sexual assault victims

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Friday, January 15, 2016

    $6.4 million boost to help domestic violence and sexual assault victims

    The Palaszczuk Government will invest nearly $6.4m to boost resources to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault across Queensland.

    Acting Premier, Jackie Trad, announced an immediate one-off $1.17m for stretched domestic violence support services, as well as $5.2m over five years for new local sexual assault services.

    “Queensland is determined to tackle the scourge of domestic and family violence and providing help for victims is a vital part of that,” Ms Trad said.

    “This funding will help 18 domestic violence services which are facing critical demand to provide counselling and safety upgrades for victims’ homes.

    “The new funding for sexual assault services means local support will be available in parts of Queensland where there are currently limited services or none at all.”

    “Sexual assault is hugely traumatic for victims and having services to offer counselling and support in their local community will be of great benefit in their recovery process.”

    Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman, said the increased number of domestic and family violence victims taking the brave step to speak out and seek help had put a strain on services.

    “We’ve seen a heartbreaking start to 2016, with horrific domestic violence incidents and a big surge in calls to DVConnect,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “When women make this brave decision to speak out and seek help about abuse, we must make sure we have the right support and services there to help.

    “There are also clear links between sexual assault and domestic violence.

    Recent research by ANROWS found that sexual violence is used as a ‘tactic’ of domestic violence and women who experience it are often less likely to seek help than victims of other forms of domestic violence.

    “We have called for tenders from organisations to bid for funding to support sexual assault victims in parts of North and South Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Redlands, Mackay and Ipswich.

    “We know that in addition to domestic and family violence, sexual assault is having a terrible impact on Queensland women and this funding will help fill service gaps for women seeking support.”

    The extra funding follows the recent opening of two new 72-hour crisis shelters in Brisbane and Townsville for women and children fleeing domestic and family violence.

    The Government will also soon announce extra funding for counselling and support services in central and far north Queensland, as part of an ongoing funding program of an extra $49 million over five years to address gaps in service provision across Queensland.

    For more information on the Government’s actions to tackle domestic and family violence in Queensland go to www.communities.qld.gov.au/gateway/end-domestic-and-family-violence/queensland-government-response

    Media Contact:                                 Minister Fentiman’s office             0437 336 232