A moving solution for women in domestic violence crisis

LEAVING  a home rife with domestic violence is never easy but a partnership between Queensland support service DVConnect and Supercheap Storage will help reduce some of the burden for women seeking a safer life.

The two organisations are offering Brisbane north family abuse victims free furniture removal services.

The three-month pilot program is expected roll out across Queensland later this year.

It is expected to eventually become a nation-wide initiative.

Frontline workers believe intimate partner violence and other forms of familial abuse are killing six Australian women a month.

At least one in four  women suffer assaults and emotional bullying at the hands of their current  or ex-partners or other family members.

Most victims stay in abusive relationships because they do not want to leave home without their children, pets and belongings.

DVConnect CEO Di Mangan said the moving program could be a lifesaver.

"The more help we can get from businesses like this, the better off we are in assisting the needs of domestic violence victims," Ms Mangan said.

"It is a real challenge to keep up with demand in this space and the provision of free services like this goes a long way to help address this growing problem.

"This partnership encompasses three core community elements around assistance, safety and privacy, so we really feel that this is a win for the community as well as those in need."

Supercheap Storage CEO Edward Thirlwall said businesses needed to step up and help alleviate the strain  domestic violence victims endured.

"Our Brisbane north franchise group has been informally providing this service for some time now and have the necessary experience in safely dealing with such challenging removalist situations to guide the group through this trial partnership," he said.

"The success of our removals and storage business model has put us in the enviable position of being able to help alleviate issues for victims of domestic violence and we are extremely proud to be doing so."

He said the company was keen to spread the service across the nation - but Queenslanders would get first dibs.

"We are looking to unfold free removal and relocation services to victims of domestic violence right across Australia," Mr Thirlwall said.

"As we unfold this trial we will work closely with DVConnect as we aim for a smooth transition of this initiative to other franchises throughout Queensland, before unfolding it nationally."

"For our business, we see this as a first step into giving back to the community and hope to branch out into other areas of community support in the future."

*For 24-hour support  phone Queensland's DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or Men's Line on 1800 600 636, NSW's  Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or the  national hotline 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).- ARM NEWSDESK

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