DFVP Strategy - Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

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Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy

The Queensland Government is taking action to end domestic and family violence. However, we cannot do it alone.

About the Strategy

The Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 (PDF, 753 KB) Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 (DOCX, 737 KB) is a vehicle to drive change across all sectors of the Queensland community.

It sets the direction for collaborative action to end domestic and family violence in Queensland, encouraging partnerships between the government, community and business.

The Strategy outlines a shared vision and a set of principles to guide action across government and the community, including a staged 10-year plan on how we will get there.

Our reforms, outlined in the Strategy, will recognise the victim’s perspective, prioritise their safety, and reduce the onus on them to take action or leave their home. We will focus on educating frontline professionals to help them recognise and respond to domestic and family violence, creating safe communities and workplaces that support victims, providing effective services that efficiently wrap around the victim, and ensuring our legal system supports victims and holds perpetrators to account.

The Strategy also continues to build on the effective work already being done by the community services sector to address domestic and family violence.

How we will deliver action

The Second Action Plan 2016-19 (PDF, 551 KB) Second Action Plan 2016-19 (DOCX, 56 KB) builds upon the strong foundation of the First Action Plan 2015-2016 (PDF) First Action Plan 2015-2016 (DOCX, 217 KB), and will transform the way we work together to better protect victims and hold perpetrators to account.

It covers a 3 year period from July 2016 to June 2019, continuing the essential work of implementing the recommendations of the landmark Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland report.

The next 3 years will see enhanced action through new signature initiatives that will form the foundation for transformation. This includes the roll out of specialist domestic and family violence courts, integrated service responses with specialist teams to prioritise victims and their safety, and cultural transformation through a communication and engagement program to help change attitudes and behaviours of Queenslanders toward domestic and family violence.

The Queensland Government has demonstrated its commitment to this second action plan, announcing in the 2016-17 Budget a record $198.2 million over 5 years to tackle domestic and family in Queensland. This brings total funding to date to implement the government's response to the Not Now, Not Ever report to $233.8 million over 5 years.

What Queenslanders told us

Thank you to everyone who shared their views and suggestions during the 3-month community collaboration program. More than 1,280 individuals provided feedback on the draft Strategy. Your valuable insights informed the final Strategy and provided valuable content for the First Action Plan 2015-2016.

Read what Queenslanders told us in the Community Collaboration Program Consultation Report (PDF, 2.9 MB).

How you can make a difference

We need to work together to stop the behaviour and attitudes that allow domestic and family violence to continue. All over the state - in our workplaces, schools, sporting clubs, neighbourhoods and communities - people are taking up the challenge to put an end to domestic and family violence.

Take up the challenge.

Where to get help

If you are in immediate danger, phone the police on Triple Zero (000).

For help and advice, call:

  • DVConnect Womensline
    1800 811 811
    24 hours, 7 days a week
  • DVConnect Mensline
    1800 600 636
    9am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week
  • Sexual Assault Helpline
    1800 010 120
    7.30am to 11.30pm, 7 days a week
  • Elder Abuse Helpline
    1300 651 192
    9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

More domestic and family violence services

More women's support services 

Download the Resource pack - Domestic and family violence referral references (PDF, 368 KB)

Is your feedback

Please submit your comments on the department's Compliments and Complaints section.

Please submit your comments on the Queensland Government website Contacts form.