New shelter to save lives across Brisbane’s North
Published Tuesday, 25 July, 2017 at 10:06 AM
Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman
One of two new Domestic and Family Violence shelters funded in the State Budget will be located in the corridor to Brisbane’s North.
The Palaszczuk Government has committed $6.8 million in new funding in this year's Budget to establish and run two new specialist domestic violence shelters across south-east Queensland.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the new shelter would make a difference in an area of high demand.
“It is a brave decision women make when they leave a violent relationship and it is vitally important that we have services ready to help them when they do,” Ms Fentiman said.
“We are seeing the continued demand for safe accommodation and support for women and children at serious risk of violence, often fuelled by the use of ice.”
“The new shelter in this region will provide women and children with a safe place while we help them to secure longer term accommodation.”
“The shelters we have already established in Brisbane and Townsville have helped hundreds of women find safety, and that is why we are rolling out more.”
“These shelters literally save lives and give women and children in dangerous situations a chance to escape the horrors of domestic abuse and find safety.
“We have brought the domestic violence issue out of the shadows and as a result more and more women are coming forward for help.”
“Our Government is the first in 20 years to establish shelters to help save the lives of woman and children in crisis,” Ms Fentiman said.
The Palaszczuk Government has continued to invest in Domestic and Family Violence prevention and support programs, including:
- Establishment of two new specialist Domestic and Family Violence courts;
- $10.3 million over four years for additional perpetrator interventions;
- Continued investment of $8.2 million over four years to establish new High Risk Teams to tackle domestic and family violence;
- $43.1 million over four years for counselling and support services for victims, children and young people, court based support, sexual assault services and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and
- Continued investment of $4.4 million over five years for five services for victims of sexual assault, including one in Moreton Bay.
Media Contact: Ron Goodman 0428 744 749