DOUGLAS Shire Council Mayor Julia Leu has called on candidates vying for the seat of Cook to fund a domestic violence refuge in Mossman.
A silhouette display featuring 52 women – the number of victims killed in domestic violence situations every year in Australia – will be stationed outside the Mossman Magistrates Courthouse this week to highlight the levels of domestic violence ravaging the Douglas Shire.
Mayor Leu said domestic violence was a crucial community issue.
“Douglas Shire has one of the worst rates of domestic violence in Queensland,” she said.
“We need to break the tragic cycle of domestic violence with a dedicated refuge for victims. It is a shameful fact that victims living in the Douglas Shire have nowhere to go and this is playing into the hands of abusers.”
Douglas Shire Council has adopted a functional brief that set out the gaps in current services and identified the facility needed to address the domestic and family violence issue in the region.
The document revealed 64 domestic violence applications were made in Mossman and 28 in Port Douglas during the 2015-16 financial year. These orders were contravened 78 times.
“Domestic violence is a scourge on our society and the need to support victims in the Douglas Shire is more crucial now than ever before,” Mayor Leu said.
“Our political leaders need to address this issue. Douglas Shire Council feels very strongly about this gap in service delivery and will continue to lobby and advocate for this crucial facility.”
The silhouette display, which is part of a White Ribbon Committee regional tour, will be on show outside the courthouse on Front Street on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11.
The display is open from 9am to 4pm on Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday.
If you are experiencing violence or suspect someone else is, please contact 1800 RESPECT for advice and support. In an emergency, call the police on 000.
You can find the functional brief HERE.