More funding for domestic violence services during COVID-19

Published: 9 April 2020 

 

The QNMU has been working closely with DV Connect – Queensland’s domestic violence hotline – to secure an increase in essential funding to help curb domestic violence throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Queensland government will inject an additional $5.5 million to help manage an anticipated increase in demand for these vital services. 

Tragically, we know the current environment of social isolation and financial pressures will lead to a surge in domestic violence incidents. This additional funding will boost essential services and ensure people receive the support they need, including for accommodation and hotline support. 

The $5.5 million funding includes: 

  • $1.5 million to boost capacity of the 24/7 state-wide crisis service DV Connect, including Womensline and Mensline and enabling online support. 
  • $1.7 million to address crisis accommodation needs, including transiting women to alternative accommodation to free up capacity in shelters.
  • $1.8 million to enhance specialist domestic, family and sexual violence services to meet anticipated demand.
  • $500,000 to support a new awareness campaign.

Click here to read the full Queensland government media release.

The QNMU is also continuing to work with DV Connect and QSuper to roll out domestic violence awareness training for nurses and midwives, who we know play a vital role in identifying and responding to domestic violence incidents in the workplace. We will be rolling this training out online, so members can stay tuned for further updates.