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Queensland Government Response to the Report of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence

We have responded to the recommendations made in the Taskforce Report and are committed to taking action to end domestic and family violence and to support people affected.

Read the Queensland Government Response to the Report and Implementation Plan (PDF, 2.4 MB) Queensland Government Response to the Report and Implementation Plan (DOCX, 170 KB) and the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 (PDF, 753 KB) Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 (DOCX, 737 KB).

We will make an initial investment of $31.3M over four years towards implementing the priority recommendations of the report. Some of the key initiatives for 2015-16 include:

  • $6.8M ($19.9M over four years) to establish two 72-hour crisis shelters in Townsville and Brisbane, providing immediate safety for women and their children escaping violence
  • contributing $3M towards a national campaign to reduce violence against women and their children
  • $0.5M ($2.1M over four years) to establish a Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board to help identify gaps in procedures and systems connected with domestic and family violence related deaths and make recommendations for improvements which could save lives
  • $0.7M to develop models for the integrated delivery of domestic and family violence services, working with the domestic and family violence sector to improve outcomes for clients.

Additional funding of $1.1M is provided in 2015-16 to Legal Aid Queensland to expand its domestic violence duty lawyer services (for both applicants and respondents) from one location to 14 locations across the state.

Taskforce Report

On 28 February 2015 the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, as Chair of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence, presented the Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland report to the Premier, the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP.

This report made 140 recommendations based on the insights gathered from five months of engagement with communities and individuals. The recommendations set the vision and direction for a Queensland strategy to end domestic and family violence and ensure those affected have access to safety and support.

Where to get help

In an emergency call the police on 000 (triple zero)

DVConnect Womensline
1800 811 811
(Queensland) 24 hours, 7 days a week

DVConnect Mensline
1800 600 636
(Queensland) 9am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week

Statewide Sexual Assault Helpline
1800 010 120
(Queensland) 7.30am to 11.30pm, 7 days a week

Elder Abuse Helpline
1300 651 192
(Queensland) 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Domestic and family violence services

Women's support services 

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