Queensland domestic violence support groups warn the federal government’s cuts to funding and some support programs will have a “catastrophic” effect on survivors of abuse, with lives to be lost and wait list times to go “through the roof”.
- Federal government funding for domestic violence programs is due to end on June 30
- Family support and domestic violence services were already at capacity before the COVID-19 funding began
- Requests for help regarding violence have tripled in the first few months of 2021
Services across Australia received a $150 million funding boost during the coronavirus pandemic to help with a surge in demand from women suffering abuse.
The money, mostly distributed by the states and territories, runs out…