Funding to fight domestic violence

RESIDENTS of the Bundaberg region suffering from domestic and family violence will continue to have access to important support services after a boost in State Government funding was announced.

Community Services Minister Karen Struthers has announced DVConnect will receive an extra $279,000 in funding a year for two years to deliver valuable domestic and family violence telephone service across Queensland.

"DVConnect is one of the lead organisations supporting those affected by domestic and family violence in Queensland," Ms Struthers said.

"This funding will help DVConnect to meet costs that come with providing women and children escaping domestic violence with timely access to a place of safety anywhere in the state."

Ms Struthers said that, in the past 12 months alone, DVConnect's state-wide telephone counselling, information and referral service received 51,208 calls for help.

She said the funding was in addition to the $2,019,083 DVConnect received in 2011-2012 to deliver support services.

"Non-government organisations are invaluable in their local communities, providing much-needed services to those most in need," Ms Struthers said.

DVConnect advice or counselling for women is available by calling the Women's Helpline on 1800811811.

The Men's Helpline number is 1800600636.



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