We applaud the demonstrated commitment of the Palaszczuk Labor Government in reinforcing the safeguards to keep Queenslanders free from violence, with their 2016–17 State Budget pledge of an additional investment of around $200 million targeted at boosting domestic and family violence services. You can read their announcement here.
This intentional injection of additional resources follows the Queensland Government’s 2015–16 spend and supports the continued roll out of specific strategies aligned with the Not Now Not Ever - Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland Report recommendations.
This funding provides essential support to RAQ and other organisations by providing the ability for increased responsiveness and capacity to keep women and children safe through:
- Increased ability to respond to high risk situations, including referrals to other agencies
- Increased capacity to work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait people and provide culturally appropriate support
- Workforce Learning and Development opportunities for practitioners, legal professionals and police
- Increased ability to perform interventions for perpetrators of violence and provide development of attitude and behaviour change
- Development of services specifically for rural, remote and discrete community settings
- Alternative and safe accommodation options.
As a result of funding provided in the last financial year, we are now launching our Integrated Domestic and Family Response Strategy in Rockhampton by working with organisations and groups throughout the sector to ensure the continuity of care and safety for women and children. Currently we provide individual and group support for:
- Boys, Young Men, Men
- Court support
- Brokered safety and security upgrades
- Service system development and coordination.
We are building on what has been learned in our industry after years of keeping women and children safe, and using the new increase in funding to implement strategies aimed at supporting men to keep women and children safe.
In the months and years ahead in Rockhampton, we will continue to join with the government, sector, business and industry colleagues, pledging our collective commitment and flexibility in providing resources which reinforce the safeguards that keep Queenslanders free from violence and contribute to healthy communities for generations to come.
Similarly, to our Palaszczuk Labor Government colleagues, we too will be stepping up, encouraging legal, judicial and human services colleagues to pledge with us, working together with the vision that we will put an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland.
If you have previously or are currently experiencing violence in your relationship, we can support you. Please contact us on 1300 364 277 or contact us online.