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Local integrated response to domestic and family violence

Published: 8 October 2015

Local integrated response to domestic and family violence

The Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team has welcomed the Queensland Government's latest response to domestic and family violence, including announcing Logan City as the site of a new integrated response trial.

Last week, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the Queensland Government would trial a "one-stop-shop" in Logan City to support people dealing with domestic and family violence, as one of a series of initiatives across the state.

Premier Palaszczuk said the trial in Logan City would bring together service providers and agencies to develop a model for a fully integrated response that provides a single point of contact for people seeking domestic violence support services in Logan City.

"This means that the many links in the chain - police, hospitals, domestic violence services, corrections staff – everyone with a role to play in keeping a victim safe, and holding the perpetrator to account, are working to the same agreed approach," the Premier said.

The announcement follows the creation of a cross-sector working group in Logan City to develop a coordinated community response to domestic and violence. Led by YFS CEO and City of Choice Leadership Team member, Cath Bartolo, and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, the group comprises government, non-government agency and community representatives. It has met a number of times in recent months to develop a whole-of-community strategy.

"The Queensland Government trial is an excellent opportunity to us to further coordinate the way we support the Logan community," Ms Bartolo said.

Logan Mayor Mayor Pam Parker also welcomed the "one-stop-shop" concept and hoped it would prove success and expand to other parts of the state.

"Domestic violence is a problem in every Australian community and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, financial circumstances or location. It has always been a problem that is often hidden and rarely acknowledged.

"It's important that everyone in the community is prepared to act against domestic and family violence. I would urge anyone who feels threatened, either physically or emotionally, to seek immediate assistance," Mayor Parker said.

"This is an issue that has terrible consequences for every member of a family if the cycle of violence and fear is not broken through intervention."

Mayor Parker said the Logan City Council and the City of Choice Leadership Team were supporting a collaborative community and government response to the issue of domestic violence.

Some key projects about to roll out in our city are:

  • The YFS #R4Respect campaign, which is aimed at educating young people aged 12 to 24 in Logan about domestic violence. The campaign will be led by young people in the Logan community and will look at using innovative approaches such as social media and online games to encourage their peers to share the respect and anti-violence message.
  • The Rotary Club of Logan and the City of Choice Leadership Team are supporting "It All Begins With Love," a play which tackles the issue of domestic and family violence and raises awareness in the community.

People seeking confidential assistance are advised to call DVConnect Womensline on 1800 811 811, DVConnect Mensline on 1800 600 636, or Police on 000 if a family member is being physically harmed or threatened.