State Government considers 18 demands from DV workers

JUST as it is acting on the 140 recommendations on domestic violence in the Not Now, Not Ever domestic violence report, the State Government has found itself the recipient of another 18 demands to mull over.

Queensland domestic violence workers today gave Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman their More Than Just A Bed: The Contribution of Women's Refuges in Queensland report that outlines the importance crisis accommodation provides across the state.

The report, compiled by the Combined Women's Refuge Group, re-iterates the call for urgent funding to ensure women in crisis do not have to stay in motels.

The report lists 18 recommendations for Ms Fentiman to consider.

These include more outreach worker funding so workers can visit women who are forced to stay in motels and funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specialist accommodation and support.

The document also calls for guaranteed access to interpreters and culturally-appropriate support for women from ethnic backgrounds and that the State encourages the Federal Government to prioritise residency for women from overseas.

Other requests include restored funding for the Tenancy and Advocacy Advisory Service and dedicated increased funding for existing women's refuges.

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Ms Fentiman said she needed time to consider the report before making any clear commitments.

However, she said the government would look at more funding options next month when an audit of statewide services is due to be handed over.

Ms Fentiman would not make any promises about funding until next month.

"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."

If you need support phone Womensline on 1800 811 811, Mensline on 1800 600 636 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

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