Tailoring responses to meet the needs of vulnerable Queenslanders

The Queensland Government is committed to improving the safety of all victims of domestic and family violence, regardless of age, ability, cultural background or sexual orientation.

We are building the evidence base to inform the development of strategies to enhance protection and support for particular groups of people who are at higher risk of experiencing domestic and family violence, or who may face greater challenges and barriers in accessing support.

Review into elder abuse

In response to recommendation 11 in the Not Now, Not Ever report, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services commissioned two reviews to examine the prevalence and characteristics, and data relating to elder abuse in Queensland.

The Review into the Prevalence and Characteristics of Elder Abuse in Queensland (PDF, 5.4 MB) Report by Curtin University (Curtin Report) includes a review of current policy, legislative and service responses to elder abuse in Queensland. It provides a snapshot of the current context and evidence base to better understand the prevalence and characteristics of elder abuse in Queensland.

The Queensland Government Statistician’s Office’s Elder abuse, Queensland, September 2016 (PDF, 2 MB)Report (QGSO Report) includes an examination of existing data and data collections held by Queensland Government agencies and funded services. It includes findings on data collections that provide information about service provision, resource capacity and service utilisation.

The Queensland Government Update (PDF, 419 KB) (QG Update) outlines key findings of the Curtin Report and actions and responses to those findings, many of which have been delivered, or will be delivered as part of other commitments, including those at the national level.

Review into the impacts of domestic and family violence on people with disability

In accordance with recommendation 10 in the Not Now, Not Ever report, People with Disability Australia (PwDA) were commissioned to conduct research to better understand the impact of domestic and family violence on people with disability.

The Review to address the impacts of domestic and family violence on people with disability (PDF, 1.5 MB) Review to address the impacts of domestic and family violence on people with disability (DOCX, 1 MB) report highlighted that people with disability disproportionately experience violence in their homes and that a broader range of people can be responsible for that violence. The Review highlighted the need to take action to:

  • bolster preventative domestic and family violence approaches for people with disability
  • build the capacity of the sector
  • establish responsive approaches to address the impact of domestic and family violence against people with disability
  • build the evidence around the intersection between domestic and family violence and people with disability.

The Queensland Government has developed Queensland’s plan to respond to domestic and family violence against people with disability (PDF, 193 KB). The Plan represents a cross-government commitment to addressing the issue of domestic and family violence committed against people with a disability, now and into the future. This plan consists of both immediate strategies to improve responses as well as laying the ground work to build understanding to inform future work.

Queensland Language Services Guidelines

Professionals working with vulnerable or traumatised clients are often at risk of experiencing ongoing stress, burnout, compassion fatigue and work-induced trauma. Work-induced trauma can also be experienced by those from the broader domestic and family violence support network, including interpreters.

Based on recommendation 44 in the Not Now, Not Ever report, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services reviewed the Queensland Language Services Guidelines to include information about briefing interpreters before communication with the customer occurs. This applies to domestic and family violence cases where the interpreter may experience trauma as a result of the engagement.