Two new Domestic and Family Violence shelters to be built in corridor to Brisbane’s north and Gold Coast region

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TWO new specialist Domestic and Family Violence shelters, funded in the State Budget,

are to be set up in souteast Queensland.

The Queensland Government allocated $6.8 million in this year’s Budget to establish and run two new specialist domestic violence shelters.

One will be in the North Coast Region, which includes Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Gympie region council areas. The second will be in the Gold Coast region.

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.

“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.

“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.

“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 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.

“We have brought the domestic violence issue out of the shadows and as a result

more and more women are coming forward for help.”

Other Domestic and Family Violence prevention and support programs set up by the

Palaszczuk Government, include:

■ Two new specialist Domestic and Family Violence courts;

■ $10.3 million over four years for additional perpetrator interventions;

■ Continued investment of $8.2 million over four years to establish new High

Risk Teams to tackle domestic and family violence;

■ $43.1 million over four years for counselling and support services for victims,

children and young people, court based support, sexual assault services and

services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and

■Continued investment of $4.4 million over five years for five services for

victims of sexual assault, including one in Moreton Bay.

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