Chermside To Welcome A New Support Service For Domestic Violence Victims

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The Queensland Government has funded a $1.4M support service for domestic violence victims which will be based in Chermside. UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) will provide the new service and they will contribute to the Brisbane High Risk Team.

The support service will focus on better counselling and case management services to victims of domestic violence. There will also be outreach services to widen their reach and to ensure that victims have easy access to information and support.

In November 2017 during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a National Domestic Violence Order Scheme was introduced to increase the protection of victims across the country.

As of November 25 last year, any domestic violence order issued in Australia will be automatically recognised and enforceable across the country. This means that victims or individuals don’t need to register a domestic violence order in another state for it to be enforceable.

Also beginning earlier this month, as part of the Festival 2018, the One Million Stars project installation has been put on display in King George Square. The global weaving project is an initiative by artist Maryann Talia Pau in collaboration with Museum of Brisbane. The project was launched in 2012 to end domestic violence. It encourages everybody to weave a star to bring the community together. The stars used in the installation came from all over the country.