The Greens are calling for funding gaps for domestic violence front-line services to be filled and for action on long-term affordable housing, as the Ending Violence Against Women Queensland peak body is launched today.
Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, who is attending the launch at Qld Parliament House tonight, said:
"At both the federal and state level, funding gaps exist that mean women who are reaching out for help are not getting the support they need to escape domestic violence.
"We welcome the state government's new commitments, including of $1.2 million extra for DV Connect, and the federal funding for duty lawyers in hospitals, household security and mobile phones.
"But there are still funding shortfalls for women's legal services, refuges and long-term affordable accommodation, which are all essential services women rely on to escape.
"Community legal centres face a $12 million funding cliff in 2017, which both state and federal governments must fix.
"The Taskforce led by Dame Quentin Bryce provided a range of timely and crucial recommendations and it's excellent news that the Palaszczuk Government has decided to implement them all.
"But the taskforce report did not provide concrete recommendations on long-term affordable housing for domestic violence survivors, which experts say is an essential part of solving this state and national emergency.
"With increasing public attention on domestic violence, more and more women are reaching out and it's imperative that refuges and legal services can help them, instead of continually being forced to turn women away.
"Everyone agrees we need to end domestic violence and the solutions are clear - funded refuges, legal help, counselling and long-term affordable accommodation, as well as prevention programs to stamp out attitudes of gender inequality.
"I look forward to working with the new Ending Violence Against Women Queensland peak body to achieve these solutions," Senator Waters said.