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Funding boost for domestic violence support for locals in Pine Rivers

May 07, 2020

Funding boost for domestic violence support for locals in Pine Rivers  

Domestic and family violence victims in the Pine Rivers area will get extra support with CADA Inc. in Lawnton receiving a funding boost of over $21,000 from Palaszczuk Government in the wake of unprecedented demand on services due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Over 100 domestic and family violence services across Queensland will share millions of dollars of funding announced this month by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Di Farmer.

Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd said that additional funding on top of the $288,000 allocated to CADA Inc. in Lawnton this financial year was an important step to address new challenges that victims of family and domestic violence could be facing.

 “The Palaszczuk Government is proactive when it comes to working with our local service providers to help them meet unique challenges and deliver funding to help them adapt their service delivery during the unprecedented events of COVID-19,” said Ms Boyd.

“As a result of public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, unfortunately we are anticipating an increase in demand for services with more families restricted socially.

“There are serious concerns for victims of family and domestic violence during this pandemic, with many people facing increased pressures from social isolation and financial challenges.

“This additional funding is an immediate response to address the most pressing areas of need following consultations with experts and service providers.

“CADA Inc. provides some really important assistance for victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence, and they’re modifying support models to accommodate social distancing restrictions.

“The number one priority is to work with victims, keep them safe, and place them in the most appropriate accommodation for each individual’s needs.

“You don’t have to stay in a violent household, and that’s why we are boosting support for essential government-funded services so people have somewhere to turn to and somewhere else to go.”

Alternative accommodation includes shelters, hotels or residential properties.

The focus of the funding package includes:

  • Boosting the capacity of the 24/7 statewide crisis service DVConnect, including Womensline and Mensline and enabling online support.
  • Addressing crisis accommodation needs, including transiting women to alternative accommodation to free up capacity in shelters.
  • Enhancing specialist domestic, family and sexual violence services to meet anticipated demand.
  • Supporting a new awareness campaign.


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