Premier urges DV victims: seek help before it's too late
IF you are in fear of your life please seek help.
This is the message from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk who has revealed her anger at the tragic toll family-related alleged violence has taken this week.
A woman was shot dead in front of staff and customers at a Gold Coast McDonald's restaurant on Thursday.
The alleged killer was last night in hospital with head injuries.
Another woman, 24-year-old Southport office worker Tara Brown, died in hospital on Wednesday night after she was allegedly assaulted on the side of a road at Molendinar on Tuesday.
Her ex-partner has been charged with murder.
On Monday a man was charged with murdering his daughter after the six-year-old's body was found by her mother hours earlier.
And in NSW, a seven-year-old boy and his grandmother were allegedly killed by the boy's uncle this week.
The man has been charged with two counts of murder and assaulting police.
Anti-domestic violence advocates say the epidemic has claimed about 60 lives across the country this year.
"What I would like to say to Queensland families today is that we must do more - domestic violence is real," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"Domestic violence has tragic consequences.
"If you're a woman and you are in fear of your life please ring 000 immediately."
Ms Palaszczuk said she would offer more support to the state's only domestic violence helpline - DVConnect - if the service needed it.
"My government is prepared to give those resources because we want to help as many women out there as we can," she said.
The premier said men needed to step up to make a difference.
"I want to see good men out there helping younger men," she said.
"I want to see good men helping young boys.
"I want to see the community come together and say very clearly domestic violence is not on."
If you or someone you know needs help, phone DV Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.
- APN NEWSDESK