Funding boost for Sunshine Coast sexual violence service
Published Monday, 25 July, 2022 at 12:11 PM
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman
A specialised service providing support to victims of sexual violence in the Sunshine Coast region has received a major funding boost from the Palaszczuk Government.
Attorney-General, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman announced Laurel Place Inc. would receive almost half a million dollars in additional funding to keep up with the increased demand for support services.
“This type of violence has absolutely no place in our community," the Attorney said.
“Ensuring women and girls have access to these services if they find themselves impacted by sexual violence is so crucial.
“As a result of investigations relating to a number of alleged sexual assault incidents at a nightclub in Maroochydore we have seen an increase in demand for support services.
“Queensland Police Service has advised multiple women have now come forward and will require additional help, and unfortunately more may present as investigations continue.
“To ensure Laurel Place can meet this extra demand and assist the QPS, we are providing one-off additional funding of $480,000.
“This will ensure the service can continue to deliver appropriate sexual assault support, with two additional counsellors made available over the next 24 months.”
Minister Fentiman said Laurel Place provides specialised counselling support, information, and education regarding sexual violence across the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay areas, as well as in Gympie and Murgon.
“Laurel Place provide a free service for adults and children over 12 years of age, with funding of $2.5 million per year provided by the Palaszczuk Government,” she said.
“If you have been impacted by any form of sexual violence, it is so important to know there are a range of help and support options available.
“Community-based sexual violence support services across the state can provide you with both immediate and ongoing support.
“I want all victims to know they are not alone and urge them to come forward for help.”
For more information on sexual violence support services visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/community/getting-support-health-social-issue/support-victims-abuse/sexual-abuse-assault/sexual-abuse-assault-getting-help#Wheretogetsupport
Dropbox link to photos of the Attorney-General visiting Laurel Place.
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