The new Roma women’s shelter is scheduled to open in May this year, helping even more women and children escaping domestic and family violence in the south-west region.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer says the new shelter would ensure women and children who made the courageous decision to leave their family home and escape violence had the support they needed.
“While we wait for the shelter to open Save the Children has been funded to run a mobile support service in the region and temporary accommodation.”
“There has been an ongoing, steady demand for this new Roma service in the early part of 2018, with seven women and 11 children supported in February 2018.We know that when women make the incredibly brave decision to leave a violent relationship they are at their most vulnerable.”
“That’s why it’s absolutely essential that the right support and services are in place to help them, at the right time. That’s exactly what this mobile support service is doing while we get on with the job of establishing the new shelter.”
Ms Farmer says once it’s up and running, this new shelter in Roma will provide a minimum of five accommodation places that will actively support women and children.
“Save the Children has done a fantastic job working in the south-west region, and once the new shelter is open, the State Government will continue to provide funding of $560,000 per annum to the organisation to operate the women’s shelter.”
For more information on the government’s actions to tackle domestic and family violence in Queensland go to www.qld.gov.au/notnownotever