Funding available for fight against domestic violence

MEMBER for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey is calling on Bundaberg community organisations to apply for small one-off grants of up to $3000 to host awareness-raising activities during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May next year.

Across Queensland there is $70,000 in funding available for community activities which will raise awareness to help prevent domestic and family violence.

"I encourage Bundaberg community groups to host events that take a stand against domestic and family violence," Mr Dempsey said.

"Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is an annual event in Queensland that aims to raise awareness of the issue and strengthens local support for domestic and family violence through prevention initiatives.  

"It is also a chance to let people know there is help available and send a clear message to perpetrators that it won't be tolerated."

Mr Dempsey said domestic violence was something that impacted the whole community.

"Domestic and family violence can include physical as well as non-physical abuse and is a serious and complex social issue that affects thousands of Queenslanders each year," he said.

"As a community we must take action that stops the shocking crime of domestic and family violence, which is why I am asking Bundaberg community organisations to take action by hosting events during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month."

The grant round is open until November 4.

Activities held during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month this year included candle-lighting ceremonies, sporting events, community fun days, marches and an art exhibition.

To apply for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month 2014 grants, visit www.communities.qld.gov.au.

For help in dealing with domestic and family violence, call the statewide DVConnect helpline on 1800 811 811.



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