Community groups on the Cassowary Coast can now apply for a share of $150,000 to hold local events and activities in May 2017 that take a stand against domestic and family violence and support victims.
Treasurer and Member of Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said grants of up to $5,000 were available for events and activities to be held during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month 2017.
“The month aims to raise community awareness of domestic and family violence and send a strong message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in Queensland,” Mr Pitt said.
“It’s also about creating a community that supports respectful relationships, practices positive attitudes and behaviours and promotes a culture of non-violence.
“And of course, we want to empower and inform Queenslanders to take action if they suspect a family member, friend, neighbour or colleague is experiencing violence or abuse in their home.
“I’d like to see lots of events and activities across the Cassowary Coast because as a community we need to stand up and speak out against domestic and family violence.”
Increasing funding for Domestic and Family Violence Month was a recommendation of Quentin Bryce’s landmark ‘Not Now Not Ever’ report into domestic and family violence.
Mr Pitt said the Palaszczuk Government is working hard to complete all 121 of the Government led recommendations of the Not Now Not Ever Report, and to end domestic and family violence.
“This year 57 community organisations hosted events and activities throughout Queensland during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month,” Mr Pitt said.
“A focus of the month is calling on Queenslanders, both individually and collectively, to take a stand against this issue which affects so many women, men and children across our state. Change starts with each and every one of us and we can all make a difference.
“Domestic violence is not just physical abuse — it also includes controlling behaviours, such as isolating a partner from family and friends, stalking, threats and verbal abuse. And we know non-physical abuse can escalate to physical abuse and can be life-threatening ¬– so it’s important to recognize the signs of this type of abuse too.”
The community grants program supports the Queensland Government’s response to Not Now, Not Ever – Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland report.
For more information about Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month go to www.qld.gov.au/community/your-home-community/domestic-family-violence-prevention