Specialist support services - Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

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Specialist support services

New specialist services are being established across Queensland to better support people affected by domestic and family violence.

These services will strengthen the capacity of the service system to respond to the needs of people affected by domestic and family violence, particularly in locations where limited or no specialist services previously existed.

They will work closely with the specialist domestic and family violence workers based in each of the Family and Child Connect and Intensive Family Support services.

Individuals will have greater access to specialised domestic and family violence support including:

  • new and enhanced perpetrator programs
  • new and enhanced domestic violence counselling services
  • court-based support for victims and respondents
  • safety upgrade services to enhance home security measures as part of a safety plan for victims of domestic and family violence
  • new crisis shelters for women and children escaping domestic and family violence.

The services will also be available to support families at risk of entering or re-entering the child protection system as a result of domestic and family violence.

To date, a range of organisations have been funded to deliver new domestic and family violence services in the following locations:

  • Brisbane North:
    • Court-based support (service provided by Caboolture Regional Domestic Violence Service Inc.)
    • Local domestic and family violence service system support, domestic violence counselling, children’s counselling and perpetrator intervention programs (service provided by Micah Projects Inc.
  • Brisbane South - domestic violence counselling, court-based support, perpetrator intervention programs (service provided by Micah Projects Inc.)
  • Brisbane South West - Local domestic and family violence service system support, domestic violence counselling, children’s counselling, court-based support and perpetrator intervention programs (service provided by Micah Projects Inc.)
  • Beaudesert - domestic violence counselling and children’s counselling (service provided by YFS Ltd)
  • Bundaberg - Local domestic and family violence service system support, domestic violence counselling, children’s counselling, court-based support and perpetrator intervention programs (service provided by EDON Place Women’s Domestic Violence Service Inc.)
  • Burdekin - Domestic violence counselling and court-based support (service provided by Life Without Barriers)
  • Caboolture - domestic violence counselling (service provided by Caboolture Regional Domestic Violence Service Inc.)
  • Cassowary Coast - Domestic violence counselling, children’s counselling and court-based support (service provided by Tully Support Centre Inc.)
  • Central Queensland - Domestic violence counselling and support specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Rockhampton, Woorabinda and Mount Morgan (service provided by Helem Yumba Inc.)
  • Charters Towers/Flinders - Domestic violence counselling and children’s counselling (service provided by Life Without Barriers)
  • Emerald – Local domestic and family violence service system support, domestic violence counselling, children’s counselling and court-based support (service provided by Centacare Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton)
  • Gladstone (including Biloela) - Local domestic and family violence service system support, domestic violence counselling, children’s counselling, court-based support and perpetrator intervention programs (service provided by Women’s Health Awareness Group of Gladstone Inc.)
  • Goodna/Springfield/Lockyer Valley - Domestic violence counselling and children’s counselling (service provided by Domestic Violence Action Centre Inc.)
  • Greater Townsville - Local domestic and family violence service system support (service provided by Coalition on Crime Assault in the Home (North Queensland) Inc.)
  • Hinchinbrook - Domestic violence counselling and court-based support (service provided by Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre Inc.)
  • Ipswich/Goodna - perpetrator intervention programs (service provided by UnitingCare Community)
  • Logan/Beenleigh - court-based services (service provided by the Corporation of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane [Centacare])
  • Longreach - Domestic violence counselling (service provided by Relationships Australia Qld)
  • Mackay - domestic violence counselling and children’s counselling (service provided by Domestic Violence Resource Service Inc.); perpetrator intervention programs (service provided by UnitingCare Community)
  • Maryborough/Hervey Bay - Local domestic and family violence service system support, domestic violence counselling, children’s counselling, court-based support and perpetrator intervention programs (service provided by The Corporation of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane)
  • Moreton Bay - perpetrator intervention programs (service provided by UnitingCare Community)
  • Mount Isa/Gulf - specialist domestic and family violence and sexual violence prevention, court support, after-hours mobile domestic violence response and perpetrator intervention programs including Walking with Dad trial (service provided by Save the Children in partnership with Lifestyle Therapies and Training Solutions)
  • Palm Island - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services (service provided by Relationships Australia)
  • Pine Rivers - Domestic violence counselling, children’s counselling and court-based support (service provided by Caboolture Regional Domestic Violence Service Inc.)
  • Redcliffe - Domestic violence counselling, children’s counselling and court-based support (service provided by Caboolture Regional Domestic Violence Service Inc.)
  • Redlands - Local domestic and family violence service system support, domestic violence counselling, children’s counselling, court-based support and perpetrator intervention programs (service provided by Working against Violence Support Service Inc.)
  • Ripley/Somerset - domestic violence counselling and children’s counselling (service provided by Domestic Violence Action Centre)
  • Rockhampton - Local domestic and family violence service system support, domestic violence counselling, children’s counselling, court-based support and perpetrator intervention programs (service provided by Relationships Australia Qld)
  • Sunshine Coast:
    • Domestic violence counselling (service provided by The Corporation of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane [Centacare})
    • Children’s counselling and perpetrator intervention programs (service provided by Uniting Care Community)
  • South Burnett - Domestic violence counselling and court-based support (service provided by South Burnett CTC Inc.)
  • Tablelands - Domestic violence counselling and children’s counselling (service provided by Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service Inc.)
  • Toowoomba - Domestic violence counselling (service provided by Domestic Violence Action Centre Inc.)
  • Townsville - Domestic violence counselling and children’s counselling (service provided by Coalition on Crime Assault in the Home (North Queensland) Inc.).
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