Cooktown gets domestic violence boost

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Member for Cook Cynthia Lui in Cooktown, which will receive $2.4 million in funding for domestic and family violence services. IMAGE: Supplied.

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COOKTOWN is set to receive $2.4 million in funding over the next five years to help with domestic and family violence services.

The continued funding is a boon the Cooktown District Community Centre.

“The community centre supports some of our most vulnerable people who are experiencing domestic and family violence to get their lives back on track,” Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said.

“This is a significant investment into one of our local communities and this certainty means they can continue to provide the necessary support to not only victims, but also to work with perpetrators to change abusive behaviours and break the circle of violence.

“Coming from a remote community, I understand the complexities in supporting vulnerable families and the importance of having access to vital services close to home.”

“I want every community in Queensland, including Cooktown, to help spread the message of zero tolerance and to let people know violence of this kind is never ok.

“There are events happening right across the state to encourage people to take a stand against domestic and family violence.

Funded for a further five years from January 2018, the Cooktown District Community Centre - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Violence Counselling Service will continue to provide support to women, men and children who have experienced or used domestic and family violence.

Last month the Queensland Government also launched the #dosomething campaign urging bystanders to speak up about domestic and family violence.

Visit qld.gov.au/dosomething to find out more.


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