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