DV service encourages perpetrators to come forward

QUEENSLAND'S only domestic violence hotline is taking 400 calls a day from victims in the wake of last week's shocking deaths.

DV Connect's CEO Di Mangan a short while ago urged potential perpetrators to seek help as she revealed the impact last week's killings were having on her organisation.

The spike in calls follows the alleged murders of two Queensland women and a child in what police say were family violence-related attacks.

The State Government today gave DV Connect an extra $1.2 million to cope with the massive influx of calls for help from domestic violence victims across Queensland.

The service  will employ another counsellor to take calls through  Mensline while  Womensline staff will increase by four.

The 24-hour Womensline crisis response service helps people fleeing dangerous relationships by finding them accommodation and material aid as wells as offering other support services.

READ MORE: A connection to hope in a world of violence

A few weeks ago the service was receiving about 300 calls a day.

Last financial year, the small team of dedicated  telephone support staff fielded 63,955 calls.

Ms  Mangan urged men who were at risk of hurting their families to contact Mensline.

"I would encourage any man who has been inflicting violence on his family or feels he may be about to, to have the courage to call Mensline and get help now," Ms Mangan said. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart will address a rally to commemorate last week's victims tomorrow.

The event will be held at Queens Park, George Street, in Brisbane from 5pm.

If you need support call Womensline on 1800 811 811,  Mensline on 1800 600 636 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.


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