David Stuart

Quentin Bryce backs domestic violence budget pledge

QUENTIN Bryce says the State Government is on the right track after it set aside more than $66 million in the budget to battle the epidemic.

Ms Bryce and DV Connect CEO Diane Mangan on Wednesday welcomed Treasurer Curtis Pitt's financial commitment to helping make like safer for the victims of family violence.

About $28.2 million will be spent this financial year on prevention and support services as well as some of the recommendations of the statewide domestic violence taskforce.

The budget also contained $31 million for the six-month trial of domestic violence-specific courts and two new shelters - one in Townsville and one in Brisbane - for women escaping abusive family members. A further $7.1 million will flow from the government's child safety portfolio to address a set of recommendations from a recent Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.


Ms Bryce, who delivered the taskforce's Not Now, Not Ever report to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in February, said she was happy to see some key recommendations taking shape.

"I'm pleased to see that our government is taking immediate action on some of the critical issues that we identified in our report, Not Now, Not Ever," Ms Bryce said.

"I look forward to the release of the government's response to our report and the draft Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy."

DV Connect CEO Diane Mangan said the funding commitments were strong but the government would be told when more was needed.

"We can always say 'you can always do with more' but I do understand that the government's got quite a few social issues that it needs to address around violence," she said.

"We're happy to see this amount and we'll certainly raise it down the track if it's not enough."


Queensland Budget commitments for domestic violence support and prevention.

  • $31 million over four years as a preliminary response to the Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland report;
  • $28.2 million in 2015-16 for domestic and family violence prevention and support services, including measures to respond to the Not Now, Not Ever report;
  • $8 million towards $19.9 million over four years to establish crisis shelters in Brisbane and Townsville to help women and their children fleeing violence
  • $7.1 million invested from the child safety portfolio budget in response to recommendations of the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.