It has been revealed that one of two new Domestic and Family Violence shelters funded in the State Budget will be located on the Gold Coast.
More than $6.8 million has been given by the Government to establish and run the two new specialist 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.
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“Police statistics tell us that across the Gold Coast in the last 12 months there has been an increase in assaults of 27 per cent and an increase in breaches of DV Orders of 36 per cent,” Ms Fentiman said.
“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 the shelter will help those trying to escape drug affected partners.
“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,” she said.
“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 new shelters follow the success of those already established in Brisbane and Townsville.
“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.
If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au.