Support groups for victims of crime will get funding boost
THE Queensland Homicide Victims' Support Group has welcomed news of a $2 million increase in funding for groups supporting victims of crime in Queensland.
The funding announcement by Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie was hailed as a major step forward in recognising the impact violent crime has on the broader community and the level of support needed by them.
The support group will receive an extra $467,000 over a 3.5-year period, allowing it to expand its regional services in Townsville and Toowoomba.
QHVSG, a registered not-for-profit organisation, was established in 1995 and provides a highly-specialised peer support and advocacy service to the families and loved ones affected by homicide.
General manager Ross Thompson said the number of homicides had skyrocketed in recent years, placing more pressure on the organisation's already-stretched resources.
In 2012, 50 Queenslanders were killed in acts of violent crime - six of them during the Christmas period.
"With many homicide-affected families residing in regional Queensland the additional funding will allow us to provide a much more cohesive and time responsive level of support to these communities" he said.