Wednesday, 03 October 2018

New Domestic Violence Services for Caboolture's most vulnerable

Media release

Vulnerable people in Caboolture and surrounding areas now have access to a new specialist domestic violence unit.

Senator for Queensland, Amanda Stoker, officially launched the new Women's Legal Service Queensland specialist domestic violence unit and health justice partnership service today, on behalf of Attorney-General, Christian Porter.

The Attorney-General said the new service would deliver much needed specialist legal and social support to people in need in the region.

"This service is one of seven new domestic violence units that have been established this year with $3.9 million in funding from the Australian Government," the Attorney-General said.

Twelve further domestic violence units, established in early 2016 have already helped more than 4000 clients.

Senator Stoker said the Domestic Violence Units are focused on helping those women who are experiencing,  or at risk of family violence, by making sure that all the services they need can be accessed quickly, simply and without them having to contact multiple providers.

"They combine legal and social support in a single service to deliver client-centred help to people experiencing or at risk of family violence. The Caboolture unit will establish partnerships and deliver support to clients at the Caboolture and Redcliffe Hospitals, allowing for access to social workers and other referral pathways," Senator Stoker said.

"It's a stark reality that far too many women face domestic violence, or are at risk of domestic violence, every day.

"This area has a range of excellent services available to those in need and the Women's Legal Service Queensland will, through the Caboolture Domestic Violence Unit, partner with a range of those service providers to deliver crisis accommodation, mental health support, and other practical assistance to Caboolture, Bribie Island, Redcliffe and rural areas around Caboolture."

Attorney-General, Christian Porter, said the Morrison Government takes the issue of family violence seriously and is committed to acting to prevent family violence and abuse for all Australians.

"The new domestic violence unit builds on the government's record investment of over $1.7 billion in legal aid commissions, community legal centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services," the Attorney-General said.