LNP in call to lift do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cash

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE Queens­land Op­po­si­tion has called for greater do­mes­tic vi­o­lence fund­ing as the is­sue reaches epi­demic lev­els.

MP Ros Bates, the Op­po­si­tion’s spokes­woman for the pre­ven­tion of fam­ily vi­o­lence, said breaches of DV or­ders had soared 25 per cent in the past year, while fund­ing in south­east Queens­land had in­creased less than 3 per cent.

“This is a slap in the face to vic­tims and those groups ... who sup­port them,” she said yes­ter­day. Her calls for more fund­ing came as a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tim from the Gold Coast begged the State Gov­ern­ment to fast- track re­forms, in­clud­ing the fit­ting of track­ing bracelets for of­fend­ers, as her for­mer part­ner pre­pares to be re­leased from jail.

The woman, who can­not be named, said she feared for her life and wanted as­sur­ances that her for­mer part­ner would be fit­ted with a track­ing de­vice.

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