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$30 million Funding for Queensland Domestic Violence Services

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Domestic violence means violence, abuse and intimidation between two people who are in, or have had an intimate relationship. The perpetrator regularly uses violence and threatening tactics to dominate, control, and manipulate another person. This causes major fear, physical or psychological harm, and even death of the victim. Domestic violence occurs across all ages, all socioeconomic and all demographic groups, but mainly amongst women and children, having husbands and partners as the perpetrator.

In Australia, death from domestic violence numbers are at an alarmingly all time high, having risen drastically since the start of Covid-19. One woman is killed every week by a current or former partner. One in three women and one in five men have experienced some form of violence from a current or former partner from the age of 15. Violence against women costs our economy $21.7 billion a year.

The Queensland government has now funded and extra $30 million towards domestic, family and sexual violence support programs as the state continues to tackle the high numbers of domestic abuse.

Queensland Premiere Annastacia Palaszczuk image via ABC

Queensland premiere Annastacia Palaszczuk also stated “Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce” will be set up to help decide future legislation. The $30 million will be delivered in annual $7.5 million installments over the next four years.

“Recent tragic events have reminded us again of how critical support services are to Queensland women when they come forward,” Ms Palaszczuk said at a recent press conference.

The services being funded include putting in to effect respectful connections between peers in schools, specialist domestic and family violence courts and shelters for people escaping violence and abuse. Ms Palaszczuk also reported the creation of an independent Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce, which will be used to examine how to legislate against patterns of domestic abuse in Queensland, and look at women’s personal experiences within the criminal justice system.

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