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Save the Children’s 54 reasons continues commitment to domestic and family violence service delivery in north west Queensland 

Five year, multi-million-dollar consortium aims to strengthen services to best meet community needs in Mt Isa and the Gulf region.
05 November 2023

Save the Children’s 54 reasons is proud to announce its continuation as lead supplier for delivery of specialist services in Mt Isa and the Gulf region as a result of the recent domestic, family, and sexual violence recommissioning.

54 reasons will be working collaboratively with the North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service (NQDVRS) and Natjul Indigenous Performing Arts to deliver perpetrator intervention programs, domestic and family violence court-based support, adult and children’s counselling, specialist sexual violence counselling support, and women’s health and wellbeing services across Mount Isa and the broader Gulf region. 

Commencing immediately, the five-year $11 million service, funded by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Women’s Safety and Violence Prevention (WSVP), is designed to examine existing domestic, family, and sexual violence specialist services, then to strengthen service models to best meet community needs. 

Mena Waller, Queensland State Director of 54 reasons, said: 

“Everyone has the right to live free from violence. These are services critical to ensuring women and children are safe and supported.  

“This project will play an important role both in making women and children safer and in supporting perpetrators to end violent and coercive behaviours – contributing to improved wellbeing for the whole region. 

“54 reasons and our partners in this project are well established in Mt Isa and the Gulf and are experienced in domestic and family violence service delivery across the region, state and nationally. I look forward to combining our collective knowledge to achieve real change with and for the community.” 


North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service’s CEO Verity Bennett said:  

“NQDVRS is incredibly excited to be a key partner in this new five-year approach to providing much needed services across the Mount Isa region.  

“We are dedicated to reducing and eliminating family violence. By working together in partnership, we will add greater depth and expertise enabling more meaningful and impactful responses to the issues facing the region.  

“The safety and the rights of women and children is at the heart of everything we do, and we’re thrilled to continue the 25 years of service in the region.”


Natjul Indigenous Performing Arts founder Anthony Newcastle said: 

“For discrete communities, the intergenerational experience of domestic and family violence often requires a recalibration of our engagement methods. 

“Strong collaboration between committed people and organisations will be key to help change the lived experience of communities and I look forward to the partnership between 54 reasons, Natjul, and NQDVRS to influence that change.”


ENDS

MEDIA CONTACT: Jess Brennan on jessica.brennan@savethechildren.org.au / 0421 334 918 or media.team@savethechildren.org.au.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • 54 reasons delivers Save the Children’s services in Australia, working alongside children and their families and communities in accordance with the 54 articles in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Save the Children is a leading global non-government organisation focused on children’s rights that has been active in Australia for more than 100 years.
  • This funding has been allocated by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Women’s Safety and Violence Prevention (WSVP) for the Mount Isa and Gulf Region Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Services Recommissioning Project.

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