Domestic violence fight is all talk, no action: campaigner

John Gomez

AS THE State Government increases funding for a key domestic violence support network, one campaigner who assists Coast women battling DV says more needs to be done.

Bronwyn Rees, CEO of RiSE Queensland, an advocacy support network for victims of DV, said affordable housing had to be increased in order to provide victims with opportunities to rebuild.

"It's one thing for us to be listening to the problems and another thing for us to act on it," Ms Rees said.


According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, in 2013-14 the rate of DV applications made per 100,000 people on the Sunshine Coast was 360.

In that same period there were 66,016 domestic violence incidents reported to police throughout the state, while from September 17, 2013 to September 16, 2014, women were the victims in 15,656 protection orders, while men were the aggrieved in 4486 orders made.

Ms Rees has worked with Greens Senator Larissa Waters in a bid to have all levels of government address the affordable housing shortage, which she said was leaving women with the choice of remaining in abusive relationships or risking homelessness on the streets.

"Everything is failing because they're not addressing the major issue, which is shelter," Ms Rees said.

"As a society we can't accept women being out on the streets."

"It's DV month, so we'll be standing here in Caboolture with a candle... but that's not enough. We're talking but we're not actioning anything," she said.

She said there was a lack of action taken after the recommendations of Dame Quentin Bryce's domestic violence taskforce were released.

She was disappointed at what she perceived to be a lack of work being done to address affordable housing needs for DV victims on the Sunshine Coast.

"At the moment our politicians aren't giving us anything... it's just going to get worse," Ms Rees said.

Meanwhile, the Palaszczuk government yesterday announced support service DV Connect would receive an additional $1.5 million in funding over the next two years.

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