Big bucks on offer for groups fighting domestic violence

COMMUNITY groups across our region can score $3000 each to run activities and events during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May.

The deadline for applications to the State Government's $150,000 funding pool is Friday.

The money can be used on a range of events including community fun days, sporting events, training to promote local action on domestic and family violence and exhibitions and other events that promote respectful and healthy relationships in primary schools.

Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman said communities had an important role to play in the task of ending domestic violence, which has claimed more than 70 Australian lives this year.

"This is about getting the whole community to come together, stand up and say 'enough is enough' to domestic and family violence," Ms Fentiman said.

"Organisations can host their own events, or form partnerships with other local community leaders, organisations or businesses to jointly run an event or activity.

"Government can only do so much and we need the whole community to get involved in tackling this scourge on our state.
"Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is an important way to raise awareness and challenge the attitudes that underpin violence."

To apply for a grant, visit www.communities.qld.gov.au.

For domestic violence support, phone DVConnect on 1800 811 811, Men's Line on 1800 600 636 or 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)

. - APN NEWSDESK



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