The program will see $630K spent over five years.
The program will see $630K spent over five years. Thinkstock

$630K plan to help prevent domestic violence

MEN who abuse their partners will now be able to access services to help them reform their actions.

The Domestic Violence Resource Service has been allocated $630,000 over five years to launch a counselling service for perpetrators of family violence in the Whitsunday region.

The service will focus on men in Proserpine and Bowen to help them take responsibility for their use of violence and change their abusive behaviour. For the 2017-2018 financial year there were 325 Domestic and Family Violence Protection orders in the Proserpine and Bowen Magistrates Courts.

Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said the new service was a positive addition to the region's domestic violence networks.

"Addressing the scourge of domestic and family violence in our communities is about more than just responding to violent behaviour after it occurs - stopping it before it happens is just as important,” she said. "Acknowledging the need for help to change is a great first step that any perpetrator can take in starting to turn around not only his life but also that of his family.”

The expanded service in Proserpine and Bowen will also include legal advice to those facing the Magistrates Courts for domestic violence matters. The legal service will provide information about the court processes, explain the meaning of protection orders and assist men to access the counselling service.

The domestic violence perpetrator programs will work alongside the existing services, including police and victim support services in the region.

For help in dealing with domestic and family violence call the DVConnect Mensline helpline on 1800600636 from 9am to 12 midnight 7 days a week.