MEN, women and children subjected to domestic violence in Queensland’s Far North will no longer have to travel for help with the state government today announcing $5 million in funding for new services.
The new funding will benefit communities in and around Mossman, Port Douglas, Cairns and Mareeba.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said the government was looking for organisations to deliver specialist services across the state’s far north.
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Ms Farmer said the funding, which would be released in installments over the next of five years, was part of the state government’s fight against domestic violence.
“Support services like these are vital to make sure vulnerable Queenslanders who have experienced domestic and family violence have the help they need to get their lives back on track,” Ms Farmer said.
Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said domestic and family violence continued to be a serious community issue.
“That’s why we are investing in more local services like this across the state to bridge local service gaps,” Mr Pitt said.
“Making support available to victims and their families especially in regional areas will make a huge difference to when they reach out for support.”
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said the new services meant victims of domestic violence would no longer have to travel great distances to access vital support when they need it most.
The funding will further support Cairns’ newly established domestic and family violence High Risk Team and operate as part of a combined response to combat domestic and family violence in the region.
The services will be funded for up to five years with the three new services at Mossman/Port Douglas, Cairns and Mareeba sharing up to $980,000 annually.
Tenders close at midday on Monday 19 March 2018.
More information can be found here.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast