Annabel Taylor at the launch of the new DV course at CQU

$3.7m boost for domestic violence research at CQUni

QUEENSLAND'S ongoing response to the domestic violence epidemic received a multi-million dollar boost today.

The State Government is injecting $3.7m into the CQUni-based Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research.

The five-year funding boost will allow the centre to focus on research underpinning the rollout of many of the 140 recommendations outlined in last year's Not Now, Not Ever report.

In August, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk committed her government to putting in place every one of the statewide domestic violence taskforce recommendations.

DV specific magistrates courts, respectful relationships courses in schools, more funding for support services and changes to the criminal code are already underway.

However, there are many other areas of the report that need in-depth research before they can be implemented successfully.

CDFVR director Annabel Taylor said the centre was keen to start moving on the research.

"We're going to be providing an evidence base for the initiatives that are flowing out of the report," the associate professor said.

Domestic and Family Violence Minister Shannon Fentiman made the funding announcement while launching CQUni's two Australia-first postgraduate courses on Friday.

Nine people have enrolled in the graduate certificate and graduate diploma of Domestic and Family Violence Practice, which kicks off next month.

Many more frontline workers are expected to sign up over the coming months.

The CDFVR developed the courses in collaboration with family violence practitioners to give professions such as police and health workers the specialist skills they need to deal with domestic and intimate partner abuse victims.

"Education and research are important factors in the fight against domestic and family violence and ensuring professionals are equipped with the best possible skills and knowledge will mean better outcomes for victims," Ms Fentiman said.

DVConnect CEO Di Mangan said the unique complexities of domestic violence were only now being recognised by educational institutions.

"These new courses give legitimacy to the sector - people are now going to recognise domestic violence as a specialist area," she said.

For 24-hour support phone Queensland's DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or Men's Line on 1800 600 636, NSW's Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or the national hotline 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).



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