Plea for $60k for more DV refuge beds in Ipswich
IPSWICH Women's Shelter manager Cathy Johns has a small wish list for Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman.
But it's going to be a few weeks before she knows whether her call for additional State Government support is answered.
Ms Johns wants Ms Palaszczuk and Ms Fentiman to provide her service with enough money to pay for more refuge beds, extra transitional accommodation and $60,000 a year for an outreach worker to provide community-based support for domestic violence victims.
"I'd say we could use a couple of houses for transitional support so we can transition women quicker out of the crisis accommodation shelter, particularly no-income women who stay with our service for 12 months," Ms Johns said.
"This would free up beds in the refuge and I'd like to see some funding for an outreach program - that would be about $60,000 a year."
Ms Johns said the outreach service would ease the stress on victims.
"For too long we've asked women to come to us and if they are putting up their hand for help around DV we need to go out and meet with them," she said
"It's really important that we go to them but to do that we need more funding to do that."
Ms Fentiman would not make any promises about funding until a statewide audit was completed.
"In terms of further investment KPMG has an audit underway of what (refuge accommodation) is available across Queensland and they are due to report back next month," she said.
"Then we will make a decision about what investment is needed right across Queensland.
"We know there is an urgent need for crisis accommodation and in the longer term we need to transition women into social housing, public housing.
"We are working ... to make sure there are options for women once they've escaped that crisis situation and to go on and have a family home to rebuild their lives."
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