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Hand Heart Pocket gives a hand up to women’s domestic violence cause

Posted on 14/02/2018 by SuperUser Account
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Women’s domestic violence helpline thrown a lifeline by last moment donation

A "last-minute" donation has saved a women's legal helpline, which helped about 2000 women a year, allowing the Brisbane-based service to continue assisting victims of domestic violence.

Doubts over government funding meant the Women's Legal Service Queensland, an Annerley-based community legal centre that was Queensland's largest provider of free legal and social work for women, was set to scale back its new domestic violence helpline.

WLSQ chief executive Angela Lynch said more women than ever were coming forward to report cases of domestic violence.

"We are facing unprecedented demand in the community for our services because of the public conversation going on," she said.

"We responded to that by setting up a helpline that meant we are able to service many more thousand women a year."

The helpline had not received full government funding and while the Ms Lynch remained hopeful that may change in the future, she said the WLSQ was not confident.

"What we need is guaranteed government funding to keep the helpline open," she said.

Without the funding, the service would have to cut its hours from 30 a week to 12 from July 1.

However, before the deadline arrived, the charity group Hand Heart Pocket signalled its intention to make a donation.

Read more at BrisbaneTimes.com.au