Extra funding for domestic violence services welcomed

ROCKHAMPTON women and children who suffer as a result of domestic and family violence will be helped by additional funding for support services says Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne.

"The Palaszczuk Government has responded to a surge in reported domestic violence by providing an additional $1.5 million to the specialist support service DVConnect," he said.

"Domestic violence is a terrible scourge. We can't tolerate it and we must do whatever we can to help those women and children who live in fear of it.

"Tragically, calls to DVConnect's Womensline telephone support service have increased 40% in the March quarter and that is why the Premier this week announced the additional funding.

"DVConnect will receive an extra $750,000 per year for two years, on top of existing funding ($3.17m in 2014/15) for services including counsellors to expand the Womensline service which helps women and children who are being subjected to abuse.

"The Womensline helps victims across the state and I have no doubt that it has provided expert counselling and advice to victims in Rockhampton."

Mr Byrne encouraged all women and children who had been physically abused, or been threatened with abuse, to speak out.

"We don't want people to suffer in silence. Domestic violence can never be excused and we have the services in place to end their torment," he said.

Womensline provides free and confidential telephone information, advice and referrals. DV Connect has experienced a 40 per cent increase in demand across the December 2014 and March 2015 quarters, when compared to the corresponding quarters 12 months earlier.

To get help for yourself or someone you know, call DVConnect Womensline on 1800 811 811 or Mensline on 1800 600 636. For more information, visit www.qld.gov.au/trustyourinstinct

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