Minister urges greater awareness of DFV risks over holiday period

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

Queenslanders are being reminded by the Palaszczuk Government that domestic and family violence (DFV) support services are available during the upcoming festive season through organisations such as DV Connect.

Minister for Women and for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the Christmas and New Year holiday period was linked to an annual spike in rates of domestic and family violence.

“Sadly, while many Queenslanders will be celebrating the festive season and enjoying a well-earned break, many women and their children will experience a heightened risk of DFV-related abuse and violence,” Minister Fentiman said.

“We are aware this escalation can be attributed to a general increase in time at home with school holidays, increased household financial pressures, alcohol or substance fuelled violence and the frequency of family visits over the holidays.

“It is also important for the community to remember that this isn’t just physical abuse, it can take many forms, including emotional, sexual, financial, social, spiritual, verbal, and psychological or technology-based abuse.

“DV Connect is a registered not-for-profit charity that provides state-wide specialist services to respond to the immediate safety needs of all victims of violence.

“It delivers an invaluable service, providing specialist crisis counselling, safety planning, emergency accommodation and travel, referrals and even safe accommodation for pets through the Pets in Crisis program.

“The organisation has been instrumental in assisting those impacted by violence during the COVID-19 health emergency, and subsequent lockdowns.

“To emphasise just how vital these services are, DV Connect’s dedicated phone services have received over 664,000 calls since early 2015 when the Not Now, Not Ever report was released, which saw issues of DFV gaining greater visibility in the community.

“The yearly number of calls has remained consistent since 2015, confirming how important their services are to victims and to our communities.

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