Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

Bring­ing the dev­as­ta­tion caused by Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence out of the shad­ows and in to the pub­lic arena has been vi­tal in tack­ling this crit­i­cal is­sue.

The recognition that Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence is ev­ery­body’s is­sue has made co-or­di­nated re­sponses across the state in­volv­ing Govern­ment, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als pos­si­ble.

In the Dou­glas Shire, we have seen a re­duc­tion in the num­ber of new Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Or­der ap­pli­ca­tions, with 127 in the nine months to March. That com­pares to 172 in the same pe­riod the pre­vi­ous year.

Women from the Dou­glas Shire have ac­cess to four women’s shel­ters in the re­gion. These shel­ters be­tween them can cater for 8760 in­di­vid­ual nights of ac­com­mo­da­tion per year. As of June 26 these shel­ters have a va­cancy rate of more than 76 per cent..

While we are en­cour­aged by the data that is avail­able, we know there is a lot of work to do if we want to erad­i­cate Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence in com­mu­ni­ties across Queens­land.

The Palaszczuk Govern­ment will con­tinue to work closely with the com­mu­nity on this is­sue, in­clud­ing en­gag­ing with Dou­glas Shire as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of my Depart­ment did in a work­shop in Moss­man in March.

I am very keen to meet with Mayor Leu on be­half of the Premier to dis­cuss re­sponses to Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence when I am back in the re­gion in the next two weeks.

Shan­non Fen­ti­man, Min­is­ter for Pre­ven­tion of Do­mes­tic & Fam­ily Vi­o­lence

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