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Department responds to domestic violence campaign

Communities Minister Tracy Davis said the State Government spent almost $25 million each year on domestic and family violence support services – but she won’t commit to funding the programs experts in Bundaberg say the region needs.
Communities Minister Tracy Davis said the State Government spent almost $25 million each year on domestic and family violence support services – but she won’t commit to funding the programs experts in Bundaberg say the region needs. Greg Miller

Communities Minister Tracy Davis said the State Government spent almost $25 million each year on domestic and family violence support services - but she won't commit to funding the programs experts in Bundaberg say the region needs.

"Services in Bundaberg receive $730,000 to provide crisis accommodation, counselling and court support," Ms Davis said.

Ms Davis said more than $20 million went to 56 services for crisis accommodation and support to women and children escaping domestic and family violence.

"Queensland has reaffirmed its commitment to the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children 2010-2022, and one of its initiatives is to explore whether mandatory attendance at perpetrator programs are more effective than programs where attendance is voluntary," she said.

"Both the Police Minister and I feel very strongly about family and domestic violence and we will continue to explore ways to strengthen Queensland's laws."

Ms Davis said the Department of Communities funded 14 domestic violence behaviour change programs across the state.

Topics:  respect rebuild, tracy davis


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