COMMUNITY groups in Queensland will be given up to $5000 in funding from the state government to help raise awareness of Domestic Violence during the national prevention month in May next year.
Applications for the 2019 Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month Community Grants opened today, with the state government setting aside $150,000 to help local groups host an awareness event.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said everyone could contribute to ending domestic and family violence and spreading the message of zero tolerance.
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“Every May Queenslanders say ‘not now, not ever’ to violence in our communities as they raise awareness of domestic and family violence,” Ms Farmer said.
“Domestic violence is a scourge on our society, and I’m proud to be part of a government that is tackling it head-on.
“Violence impacts far too many lives and too many have been lost to it.
“That’s why we need everyone to play their part. Hosting events in every corner of the state means all Queenslanders have an opportunity to speak up, get involved and raise awareness.”
Ms Farmer said in 2018, funds were distributed to 35 community organisations to hold 43 awareness raising events, projects and activities.
Events were held in every part of the state, including Palm Island, Burdekin, Balonne, Cunnamulla, Cooktown, Mackay, Yeppoon, the Darling Downs, Atherton Tablelands, Murgon, Bundaberg, Noosa, Hinchinbrook and Mt Isa.
“Each of these events sent a clear message that violence of this type is not tolerated and that by working together, people can make a real difference,” Ms Farmer said.
“We want to send an even stronger message to every corner of Queensland in 2019.
“While domestic and family violence impacts every community, in 2019 we are also encouraging submissions that focus on domestic and family violence for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or Queer.
“We also know that domestic and family violence has a devastating impact on too many of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and funding will be earmarked for events that raise awareness of domestic and family violence in Indigenous communities.”
To apply for a grant, click here.