Noosa’s Salvation Army-run Safe Homes in Noosa Everyday (SHINE) program will continue to offer women and children shelter from domestic and family violence thanks to $168,021 in Queensland Government funding over the next 3 years.
Community Services and Housing Minister Karen Struthers said the SHINE program provided vital crisis accommodation and support and referral services for women and children affected by violence in the home.
“It is vital women and children affected by domestic and family violence have access to safe and secure accommodation when there is nowhere else to go,” Ms Struthers said.
“This program also helps women achieve longer-term accommodation and security for themselves and their children by providing access to other support services.
“It’s great to see that the program’s three housing units continue to open doors to women and children in their time of need.
“The Queensland Government is proud to work in partnersh ip with community agencies such as The Salvation Army to protect women and children escaping domestic and family violence.”
Ms Struthers said the Bligh Government has introduced new legislation to parliament which represents the first major overhaul of Queensland’s domestic and family violence legislation in 20 years.
“The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Bill 2011 included proposed changes to improve the safety and protection of people affected by domestic and family violence and to reduce the exposure of children to this type of violence.
“This draft bill, which has been out for public comment, proposes to introduce police issued protection notices that would provide immediate protection of victims by holding perpetrators immediately accountable for their actions.
Ms Struthers urged anyone experiencing domestic or family violence to seek assistance.
“Women can phone the DV Connect helpline 24 hours a day on 1800 811 811, while men needing help can phone the DV Connect Mensline on 1800 600 636.
“Services like SHINE support the Queensland Government’s strategy to reduce domestic and family violence and our Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland ambition to support safe and caring communities.”