Victims of domestic violence will have somewhere safe to call home with Queensland’s first ever purpose-built bridging accommodation opening on the Northern Gold Coast.
The $1.5 million facility, which will be a safe haven for women and children exiting domestic violence situations, is the result of a collaboration between Queensland developer Halcyon, listed property group Mirvac and DV Connect.
Halcyon project director Marie Cone said it was the “Gold Coast’s escalating rate of domestic violence and murder” which prompted Halcyon to bring the bridging accommodation to life.
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The facility, which is currently under construction, will comprise of two one-bedroom, two two-bedroom and one three-bedroom units each with their own kitchenette, living area and courtyard.
It will also have a communal kitchen and living room, a play area, and a residence for the onsite manager.
DV Connect board of directors chair Shaan Ross-Smith said the not-for-profit organisation was extremely thankful for the new accommodation, having placed 4000 women and children in Queensland motels last year alone because all shelters were at capacity.
“We’re so privileged to have community-minded enterprises such as Halcyon and Mirvac that have the capacity and the desire to be a force for change in the communities in which they operate,” Ms Ross-Smith said.
“Such support as this will not only support Gold Coast women, but women and children all across Queensland who can be placed here in a safe area to help rebuild their lives.”
DV Connect is funded largely by the Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women and is the only state-wide telephone service offering a free crisis hotline for anyone affected by domestic or family violence.
DV Connect’s crisis hotline is 1800 811 811.