Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

New shelters opening for domestic violence victims

3 December 2015

Two new 72-hour crisis shelters for women and children fleeing domestic violence are opening this month. One in Brisbane and one in Townsville.

The new shelters are part of the Queensland Government’s response to the Not Now, Not Ever report into domestic and family violence.

Women and children are often most vulnerable when they take the first steps to leave a violent relationship. These shelters are about helping them to be safe during that time. Staff at the shelters will help women access specialist services to help them find new permanent housing. There will also be mobile support available for women needing to be placed in motels.

The Brisbane Crisis Shelter will offer 11 two bedroom units of supported accommodation. The shelters will have extra security and privacy including CCTV, higher fencing, privacy screens and secure gates. The shelters will also cater for pets. Accommodating for pets was a recommendation of the Not Now, Not Ever report, given women in violent situations can also have threats made against their pets.

The Queensland Government has allocated nearly $20 million over four years for the establishment and operational costs of the new shelters. The Department of Housing is also providing $21.8 million in 2015-16 for 56 specialist homelessness services to help women and children escaping domestic violence.

For more information visit the Department of Communities website.