Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Not now, not ever report – domestic and family violence


18 September 2015 –

I urge locals to have their say on the Not Now, Not Ever Report into domestic and family violence.

Today I hosted a domestic and family violence roundtable bringing together a range of community leaders and groups as diverse as local police, the Salvation Army, White Ribbon, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, local schools, sporting clubs, church groups, and GPs.

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The Not Now, Not Ever Report paints a confronting picture of the extent of domestic and family violence and contains 140 recommendations to help create a Queensland free of domestic and family violence.

This is an issue I feel incredibly passionate about – as a surgeon I spent so much time trying to put people back together after violent incidents. As a politician I hope to help stop them winding up in hospital in the first place.

You can access a copy of the report online www.qld.gov.au/community/documents/getting-support-health-social-issue/dfv-report-vol-one.pdf

The Queensland Government is investing over $30 million to help stop domestic and family violence. The measures include; trialling specialist domestic and family violence courts, setting up a domestic and family violence death review board, expanding legal services, establishing two new crisis shelters, and helping fund a national campaign to reduce violence against women and children.

I spoke on this issue in State Parliament this week; if you’re interested you can read a transcript of the speech here http://www.dranthonylynham.com.au/not-now-not-ever-report-speech-to-parliament/