The State Government has convened a domestic violence summit with the coronavirus crisis leading to a sharp increase in the number and severity of attacks.
It comes as Queensland recorded no new cases of coronavirus overnight with the State’s curve remaining flat.
The State’s total remains at 1043 with just 52 of those cases listed as active.
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Of the current cases, nine people are in hospital with four of those in intensive care and three on ventilators.
“Well done Queensland. Keep it going, great result, so we want to keep seeing that curve being absolutely flattened,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Wednesday.
Testing rates have also rebounded following the long weekend with 2457 people swabbed in the last 24 hours.
More than 120,000 Queenslanders have now been tested since the beginning of the outbreak.
“It’s results like today’s, no further COVID-19 cases, that will allow Queensland to continue to ease those restrictions, continue to allow us all to get back to life as normal,” Health Minister Steven Miles said.
Officials are still investigating the source of a new coronavirus case on the Gold Coast reported on Tuesday, with contact tracing yet to be finalised.
The State Government will today host a virtual domestic and family violence summit with the COVID-19 crisis leading to a big increase in demand for support services.
More than 120 experts from around the State will gather online to discuss the key issues and what can be done to solve them with the summit being described as a “game changer.”
Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer says the COVID-19 crisis has made life even more challenging for victims of domestic and family violence.
“We’ve already heard the figures of a 75 per cent increase in Google searches for domestic violence services,” Ms Farmer said.
“If you are a victim, you are probably now at home 24 hours a day with a perpetrator who is watching your every move, so your ability to call for help, your ability to escape has become severely limited.”
Ms Farmer says service providers are reporting a dramatic increase in the brutality and severity of domestic violence attacks.
“We know that perpetrators who are already violent will be even angrier as a likelihood from financial loss, cabin fever, Lifeline is reporting to us that, in general, people are more on edge and angrier, we’ve seen a 70 per cent increase in alcohol consumption.
“All these things are creating the perfect storm in which the victim is at heightened risk and if there are children involved, the long term impact on those children from exposure to domestic violence is enormous.”
The State Government has also announced an extra $2 million in funding for domestic violence support services.
“There are a lot of issues out there and we want to make sure that we are supporting women and children as much as possible,” The Premier said.
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