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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Di Farmer

    Candle vigil starts Domestic and Family Violence Month

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Di Farmer

    Wednesday, May 01, 2019

    Candle vigil starts Domestic and Family Violence Month

    The Premier will attend a candle vigil tonight to remember those Queenslanders who have died because of domestic and family violence.

    The event starts a month of awareness as part of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month and is an opportunity to renew Queensland’s commitment to tackling domestic and family violence.

    The Premier said domestic and family violence claims on average two Australian lives every week.

    “This is a time to remember those lost to us and a time to stand with those left behind,” the Premier said.

    “It’s a time to continue to promote a clear message that violence of any kind is not tolerated and to ensure those experiencing abuse know that help is available and how they can access it.

    “It’s also a time we recognise the hard work of those working to support people affected by violence.”

    The Premier said the government had already brought the issue of domestic and family violence our from behind closed doors.

    “Four years on from receiving the Not Now, Not Ever report, my government has completed 98 Government-directed recommendations and commenced the remaining 23,” she said.

    “We have allocated a record $328.9 million over six years to drive significant reforms.”

    Ms Palaszczuk recognised the hard work of all who are driving change and supporting those affected by this violence, as well as the valuable work of the Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council, chaired by Ms Kay McGrath.

    The Premier tabled a report outlining the positive progress Queensland is making to stop domestic and family violence in Parliament today.

    Report: https://www.csyw.qld.gov.au/resources/campaign/end-violence/dfvi-council-progress-report-december-2017-november-2018.pdf

    “While the momentum for change is strong, there is still a long way to go,” the Premier said.

    “Government and the community must continue to work together to ensure a safer Queensland for all.”

    Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said while Queensland had made significant progress, there was still more to be done.

    “No one should ever have to live with violence in their home or in their relationships,” she said.

    “We have made new laws and strengthened penalties for offenders, and we’ve also established programs to help offenders take responsibility for their behaviour and stop using violence against their families.

    “We’ve introduced respectful relationships programs in primary schools, intervening early to teach young people what normal and respectful relationships and behaviours are.

    “We have also committed to publishing domestic and family violence statistics online, in a bid to further bring the crime out of the shadows.

    “Importantly, we have increased funding to services that support women, children and men affected by domestic and family violence.

    “These services do incredible work in stressful and sometimes risky situations, and I can’t thank them enough for all they do.”

    Ms Farmer said as part of the awareness-raising initiative key structures and buildings in Brisbane would be lit up in purple or orange, the colours of the Not Now Not Ever Challenge, including the Victoria Bridge, Story Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge, Suncorp Stadium, City Hall, King George Square, QPAC, QUT Gardens Point and Parliament House.

    “When you see one of these community icons lit up purple or orange, it’s a message sent loud and clear to everyone: domestic and family violence has no place in any Queensland community.”

    ENDS

    Media contact:

    Zoe Russell (Premier’s office) – 0439 982 347

    Cat Milton (Minister Farmer’s office) – 0447 117 132