TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH
GRAHAM PERRETT MP
MEMBER FOR MORETON
LIFESAVING HELPLINE FOR QUEENSLAND WOMEN TO BE CUT
In just over a week, Queensland’s only state-wide Domestic Violence Legal Helpline will be forced to cut its services.
This service delivers vital, often lifesaving help, to Queensland women who are living in fear of a violent partner.
More than half of the 11,000 women the service helped last year were from rural, regional and remote Queensland; and more than half were at immediate risk.
The Women’s Legal Service Queensland has not yet secured further federal government funding for this important Queensland service. To keep part of the helpline operating they have been forced to do their own fundraising.
From 3 July the hours of the state-wide helpline will be cut by half.
This means that over 13,000 vulnerable Queensland women, this year alone, will not have their calls for help answered.
For Queensland women and their children who are at immediate risk of harm, help will not be a phone call away.
“The Turnbull Government must commit to providing the funding needed to continue this important service for Queensland women”, said Shadow Assistant Minister for Preventing Family Violence, Terri Butler MP.
“So far the Turnbull Government has been big on announcements but short on the follow-through. Not one cent of the $20 million allocated for family violence prevention and early intervention programs has been spent so far by the Turnbull Government.”
“It is a sad indictment on our society when the Women’s Legal Service Queensland needs to resort to selling raffle tickets and crowdfunding to keep open a service that literally saves the lives of Queensland women”, said the Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett.
“I have not heard the Federal Members for Capricornia, Leichhardt, Dawson, Maranoa, Groom, Wide Bay, Flynn or Fairfax standing up for the vulnerable women in their electorates who may need this service. They need to call on the Prime Minister and their Government to act now.”
WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017