Queensland Law Society

Funding for high-risk DV unit welcome: QLS

A funding boost for Women’s Legal Service (WLS) that will see a high-risk Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) and Health Justice Partnership in Caboolture established was to be welcomed, said Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor.

The Federal Government announced the funding yesterday (THURS 5 JUL), which will employ a specialist casework lawyer, social worker, a paralegal and health justice partnership lawyer at the Caboolture and Redcliffe hospitals.

Mr Taylor said that any funding for community legal centres and domestic violence was welcome, and there was a need for much more right across Queensland.

“Queensland Law Society has long advocated for increased resources to assist our communities with legal issues, and I am pleased to see help in an area it is needed most,” he said.

Caboolture falls into the Moreton District, where Queensland Police Service figures reveal an increase in the rate of domestic violence order applications and breaches in 2016/17.

Mr Taylor said that domestic and family violence was a scourge on society, and there must be a consistently high effort to assist the most vulnerable in our communities – often women and children.

“Anyone – male, female, adult or child, must feel safe in their homes and communities,” he said.

“This means that both State and Federal Governments must provide support services at all levels to assist these survivors.

“Community legal centres carry out an extremely valuable role in our society, and I hope to see further funding, along with long-term commitments in the future.”