White Ribbon Day events highlight ongoing fight against violence

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The Palaszczuk Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ending domestic and family violence by implementing the recommendations of the Not Now, Not Ever report.
 
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, attending a White Ribbon Day event in Bundaberg, said the Government was committed to seeing through the reforms.
 
"We have committed more than $320 million to ensuring every recommendation of that report is implemented, and we have made significant progress," Ms Palaszczuk said.
 
"Across Queensland we have increased annual funding from $45 million to more than $64 million in just two years.
 
"There are more counselling services, perpetrator programs and court services than ever before, all because we have invested in restoring and expanding critical frontline services."
 
The Palaszczuk Government has:
 

  • Established seven new shelters, the first to be built by a Queensland Government in more than two decades;
  • Made domestic violence an aggravating factor for sentencing;
  • Created the new criminal offence of strangulation;
  • Introduced new Police Protection Orders;
  • Expanded specialist domestic violence courts; and
  • Increased penalties for breaching Domestic Violence Orders.

 
Minister for Prevention of Domestic & Family Violence Shannon Fentiman, at a White Ribbon Day breakfast in Brisbane, said changing the attitudes that underpinned violence was a vital part of the government's reforms.
 
"We have introduced respectful relationships education in our schools, knowing that the shift in attitudes needed to overcome violence needs to start with young people," Ms Fentiman said.

"It is these changes in attitudes that will equip our children better to create a Queensland where everyone can be free of violence."
 
Ms Fentiman said One Nation's recently released domestic violence policy was deeply concerning, and would be dangerous if implemented by an LNP/One Nation coalition government.
 
"Recently we have seen some dangerous, even frightening notions floated about how we should change course on our policies for combating domestic violence," she said.
 
"These have included suggested policies that would put women and children directly in harm's way.
 
"With all of the progress we have made, Queensland can't afford to slide backwards under a chaotic LNP One Nation coalition."

 
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