LNP cuts to domestic violence services will abandon victims

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The LNP has unveiled its plan to unleash devastating cuts to domestic violence services across Queensland.
 
LNP Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson today revealed Tim Nicholls would once again slash and burn, with plans to cut $4.5 million.
 
Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the LNP's disgusting and outrageous cuts would devastate the dedicated community organisations and professionals who provided these services.
 
"It beggars belief that Tim Nicholls would announce plans to cut millions from domestic violence services if he wins an election being held on White Ribbon Day," Ms Fentiman said.
 
"A cut of this magnitude would be devastating. It's the equivalent of cutting funding to every domestic violence service in Cairns and Bundaberg, or cutting every cent of funding from specialised domestic violence telephone support services.
 
"It is dangerous for the women and children bravely escaping violence, but it is also a slap in the face to the people who are saving their lives and helping them to put the pieces back together."
 
The Palaszczuk Government has massively lifted annual investment in domestic violence services and support, from $45 million in 2014/15 to more than $64 million in 2016/17.
 
"We have demonstrated our commitment to ending violence with more than $320 million in funding over six years to implement every recommendation of the Not Now, Not Ever report," Ms Fentiman said.
 
"We have funded establishment of seven new domestic violence shelters, the first to be built by a Queensland Government in more than two decades.
 
"I can't help but wonder whether Tim Nicholls' deal with One Nation has factored in to this outrageous decision.
 
"One Nation proposes a domestic violence policy that would put women and children directly in harm's way, and now its Coalition of Chaos partner Tim Nicholls is plotting to defund the services that save victim's lives."

 
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