Strong Communities Gladstone share in $2.5m DV funding
Preventing domestic violence in the Gladstone region has been given a boost, with Strong Communities sharing in part of $2.5m to help address the escalating problem.
The partnership funding between state and federal governments aims to help domestic, family and sexual violence service providers respond to the complexities and challenges resulting from COVID-19.
Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said $56,387 would help Strong Communities Ltd provide a vital service helping families in the region with domestic and family violence.
"It is fantastic to see the Strong Communities Ltd as one of the successful recipients as they assist victims of domestic and family violence and support them in the safest and most appropriate way for their individual needs," Mr Butcher said.
"With increased financial pressures, there are serious concerns for victims of domestic and family violence during the pandemic.
"This funding package has been developed to address the most pressing areas of need.
"I know the Strong Communities Ltd is well placed in our community, working with victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence and the additional funding of $56,387 will assist with the increase in demand."
Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Minister Shannon Fentiman said the pandemic had impacted the sector dramatically.
"Over the past 12 months many in our community have stayed home to protect themselves from COVID-19, yet we know that for so many across our state home is not the safe space it should be," Minister Fentiman said.
"The response from the sector has been overwhelmingly positive, with the quantity and quality of applications so high that additional funding was allocated on top of the initial $2 million advertised, and more initiatives have been able to be supported."
Minister Fentiman said the 23 projects which had been successful in receiving funding would target a range of specific groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the LGBTIQ+ community, people with a disability, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
"The grants will fund direct, frontline services that provide prevention, early intervention, crisis and post crisis support, and develop resources to assist clients and use in community education programs about sexual violence," she said.