Min­is­ter prom­ises more fo­cus in vi­o­lence ef­fort

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PLANS to im­prove do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ser­vices in Dou­glas Shire have been pushed dur­ing a visit by State Min­is­ter for the Pre­ven­tion of Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence, Shan­non Fen­it­man.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu and deputy mayor Abi­gail Noli met with-the min­is­ter and out­lined the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to ad­dress the is­sue, and also shared in­for­ma­tion about the com­mu­nity’s ex­pe­ri­ences.

Ms Fen­ti­man out­lined re­cent re­forms in do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence leg­is­la­tion and ser­vice de­liv­ery.

These in­cluded ini­tia­tives such as ouster or­ders, where courts can or­der that a per­pe­tra­tor be re­moved from a home where vi­o­lence oc­curs.

There are also in­creased penal­ties, se­cu­rity up­grades so women es­cap­ing vi­o­lence can re­main safe in their homes, in­for­ma­tion shar­ing among agen­cies, and en­hance­ments to the statewide do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ser­vice DVCon­nect.

The mayor and the min­is­ter dis­cussed the cur­rent op­tions for lo­cal women seek­ing refuge in cri­sis but also dis­cussed the need for longer term hous­ing so­lu­tions to ad­dress home­less­ness in the com­mu­nity.

They also agreed to bring to­gether the rel­e­vant agen­cies and ser­vice providers, such as DVCon­nect, the Depart­ment of Hous­ing, and lo­cal do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence ser­vices in the com­mu­nity to work to­gether to de­ter­mine what ser­vices the re­gion needs to as­sist women in im­me­di­ate need of emer­gency shel­ter and on­go­ing tran­si­tional sup­port.

Ms Fen­ti­man con­grat­u­lated the coun­cil on its work.

“I’m keen to work with the mayor and the coun­cil to make sure there is a strong com­mu­nity aware­ness of the ser­vice net­work that al­ready ex­ists to sup­port women es­cap­ing vi­o­lence and to iden­tify what else might be needed, such as mo­bile out­reach ser­vices that we have op­er­at­ing in other parts of the state,” she said.

“Our Cairns Re­gion Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence High Risk Team, an­nounced to­day, will bring to­gether all the key agen­cies and will iden­tify what’s needed to en­sure an ef­fec­tive ser­vice to keep women at risk safe, and mon­i­tor high -risk per­pe­tra­tors to re­duce vi­o­lence across the re­gion.”

Mayor Leu Julie said: “I ap­pre­ci­ate the State Gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to ad­dress the im­pacts of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence on our com­mu­ni­ties and wel­come the in­vi­ta­tion to work closely with Ms Fen­ti­man and other stake­hold­ers to im­prove out­comes for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims in the shire.”

Shan­non Fen­ti­man MP.

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