The Queensland government is committing to ongoing support for services that help domestic, family and sexual violence victims.
Queensland services will be boosted by $7.5 million each year, to help them keep up with increased demand.
The extra funding was initially brought in early in 2020, in line with the rise in incidents due to the coronavirus lockdown.
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But the Premier has this morning confirmed on social media that the support will continue annually for at least the next four years.
The announcement is being made now in line with Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month this month.
“We know there’s still more to do to end violence against women in Queensland. As a government, we’ll keep tackling it head on – we won’t stop until the violence ends,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk posted on Twitter.
“May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month – as a society we all play a part to prevent it. Take a stand and say Not Now, Not Ever, Together,” her post reads.
BREAKING: We’re investing more to support the services that help domestic, family and sexual violence victims. pic.twitter.com/zgAA1rzL9u
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) May 12, 2021
It’s understood the state government is also looking into a new hotline, as part of its plan to tackle the rise in domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Prevention Minister Shannon Fentiman says it would allow people to see if a partner has a controlling or violent past by checking if they have had previous domestic violence orders against them.