Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Vital funds to help stop domestic and family violence – BUDGET 2016 highlights

16 June 2016 –

I’m proud to be part of a Government that is working hard to tackle family and domestic violence.

In this week’s Queensland Budget the Government has allocated $198.2 million to address this issue in a whole-of-government approach.

Ending the scourge of domestic and family violence is one of our highest priorities. We must make sure support is available to victims of domestic violence no matter where they live in Queensland.

This funding is a significant investment; it builds on the $31 million committed in last year’s Budget to implement the recommendations of the ‘Not Now Not Ever’ Report. The funding includes:

  • $42.4 million to roll out specialist domestic and family violence courts, building on the recent trial at Southport
  • $43.1 million for additional or enhanced domestic and family violence services to support families
  • $26.3 million for eight specialist teams across Queensland to prioritise victims and their safety
  • $10.3 million for additional perpetrator interventions to help protect victims
  • $9.6 million for a communication and engagement program to change attitudes and behaviours towards domestic and family violence
  • $8.7 million for two new shelters to support women and children escaping domestic violence.