Updates

Grants provide support for Queensland victims of violent crime

Queensland Government media release

Three organisations will receive more than $150,000 to support victims of violent crimes as part of the Queensland Government’s Victims Services Building Capacity Program.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman said the program provides one-off funding every two years to not-for-profit organisations to help victims recover from acts of violence.

“Victims of violent crime and their families can experience ongoing and long-term trauma,” the Attorney said.

“That’s why it’s so important that organisations have the resources they need to provide support such as specialist counselling services for victims from all backgrounds.

“The three successful organisations to receive funding are WWILD, PACT (Protect All Children Today), and True Relationships and Reproductive Health.

“This is one of many measures this Government has put in place to address violence in our communities, including domestic and family violence (DFV).”

WWILD will receive $68,511 to work with specialist DFV services to make sure women who have experienced DFV and have an intellectual disability received enhanced support.

PACT will receive $39,500 to update their educational material for First Nations children, teenagers and adults who are required to give evidence in court as a witness or victim. These resources will be available online for people to access easily and discreetly.

True Relationships and Reproductive Health will receive $43,580 to convert a room at the Cairns Sexual Assault Service into supportive and safe interview room for victim survivors.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said this will provide a much-needed safe space for sexual assault victims where they can interact with therapists and receive crisis support when providing a statement or reporting a crime.

“The safety of Queenslanders is our highest priority and supporting services like these will assist victims as they recover from the physical and psychological impacts of violent crime,” Mr Healy said.

The Victims Services Building Capacity Program is delivered through Victim Assist Queensland, which offers information, advice, and assistance to victims of violent crime and domestic violence throughout the State.

Information and advice for victims of crime – including information about support services, victims’ rights and financial assistance is available here.

More information about the Victims Services Building Capacity Program is available here.