Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Two more ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ recommendations delivered

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

30 May, 2019 –

The Palaszczuk Government recently announced the completion of two more recommendations of the landmark Not Now, Not Ever report with the delivery of a long-term funding and investment model to help prevent domestic and family violence, support victims and help perpetrators change their behaviour.

This new model will help determine where investments into the domestic and family violence service system should go.

This is in direct response to Recommendations 72 and 73 of the Not Now, Not Ever report and supports the Queensland Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy.

We have now completed 100 of the 121 recommendations for government, two years ahead of schedule.

This new funding model will also work to address specific service delivery issues in rural and remote communities and fill any gaps in services.

In 2016 the Queensland Government engaged KPMG to undertake an audit of the state’s domestic and family violence services, providing a clear map of the funding that was being invested and any gaps that needed to be filled.

This report found was that in 2014-15 approximately $104.8 million, from both state and commonwealth governments, was provided to 122 discrete service providers across Queensland supporting those affected by domestic and family violence.

Most of the services and funding was directed towards post-crisis support with roughly 74 per cent of investment directed to legal services and homelessness services.

The report found that future investments should seek to balance the need for increased resourcing in early intervention and prevention, without compromising crisis responses that keep victims and their families safe.

Based on the findings of this report and further work undertaken by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women to map investment in domestic and family violence responses, a Funding and Investment Model was developed.

This model is a long-term, whole-of-government approach to investing in domestic and family violence support services.

Domestic and family violence affects every community and we need to make sure funding focuses on those most at risk.

Between 2015-16 and 2017-18, the Queensland Government invested more than $350 million into fighting domestic violence. We have invested in bringing domestic and family violence out from behind closed doors, and we have seen some positive changes.

There is always more to be done, and we will continue working to end domestic and family violence in Queensland.

Information, services and support for people impacted by domestic and family violence is available at www.qld.gov.au/community/getting-support-health-social-issue/support-victims-abuse/domestic-family-violence