Domestic violence on national agenda

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Violence against women and children will be the focus of National Cabinet. | Photo: Solid Colours (iStock)

In the wake of weekend rallies across the country to support the victims of domestic and family violence, the Queensland Government has announced an extra $36m for support services.

The boost in funding will be available in the next financial year and lift the 2024-25 budget for Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence (DFSV) services by 20 percent to $214 million.

It comes on the eve of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May, with National Cabinet set to focus on the issue on Wednesday (May 1).

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said every Premier and Chief Minister had agreed to discuss a national plan to end violence against women and children.

Queensland Premier Steven Miles said the new funding would help fund frontline domestic, family and sexual violence services, programs to take action to address behaviours of persons using violence and new programs to fill gaps in service delivery across the state.

“May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month – a time to raise awareness and send a message that this behaviour will not be tolerated,” Premier Miles said.