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High Risk Team Being Set Up In Mackay To Tackle DV

Work is well underway to establish a new High Risk Team in Mackay as part of the Government’s continued implementation of recommendations from Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland.

The new High Risk Team is on track to start operating in early 2019.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the new High Risk Team will undertake complex risk assessment and safety planning to keep local women and their children safe from serious or potentially lethal violence.

“The new Mackay High Risk Team is one of eight domestic and family violence high risk teams being established in different locations across Queensland,” she said.

“As the lead specialist domestic and family violence service for Mackay, the Domestic Violence Resource Service (Mackay and Region) will coordinate the work of the Mackay High Risk Team to help make sure the safety of women and children is paramount.

“Government agencies are also currently recruiting staff who will be active in implementing risk assessment and safety planning for this high risk team.

Mrs Gilbert said it is vital that all agencies, organisations and private practitioners work better together to make sure women and children who are impacted by domestic and family violence receive quality and consistent support.

“One agency on its own often will not have all the pieces of the puzzle needed to keep women and children safe,” she said.

“This new team will consist of officers from key agencies including police, health, corrections, housing, child safety and a range of other non-government services who respond to domestic violence.

“As part of this team they will all work together to provide integrated and culturally appropriate responses to women and children deemed at high risk of serious harm or death as a result of domestic violence.

“We also need to make sure perpetrators are kept front and centre and are held to account for their actions.”

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Farmer said the new service was part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to addressing domestic and family violence, with a record allocation of $328.9 million over six years from 2015-16 to deliver the recommendations of the Not Now, Not Ever report.

“Of this, $26.3 million has been allocated over four years to develop and strengthen integrated service responses to domestic and family violence, including the establishment of these new High Risk Teams.”

Ms Farmer said high risk teams are currently operating in Logan-Beenleigh, Cherbourg, Mount Isa, Brisbane, Cairns and Ipswich. Mackay along, with Moreton Bay (Caboolture) will commence operations in early 2019.

For more information on the Queensland Government’s actions to tackle domestic and family violence go to www.communities.qld.gov.au/gateway/end-domestic-and-family-violence