Each and every Queenslander has the right to feel safe, and be safe, especially in their home. Domestic and family violence is a violation of this basic human right.
A Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland (the Taskforce) was commissioned on 10 September 2014 to examine existing domestic and family violence support systems. The Taskforce made 140 recommendations in its final report Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland.
The Queensland Government is committed to taking the necessary action to eliminate domestic and family violence, and has accepted 121 recommendations for government and will support the remaining 19 recommendations for non-government bodies. The government’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 has been developed in response to the Taskforce report to set the direction for ending domestic and family violence in Queensland.
The strategy is underpinned by three drivers for change:
To deliver the reforms, the department will focus on five key areas:
New specialist services will be established and existing services enhanced across Queensland to better support families and children affected by domestic and family violence.
Integrated service responses to domestic and family violence will ensure that victims and their families are safe and supported; perpetrators are held to account for their violence and can get the help they need to stop using violence.
A cohesive legislative framework will ensure that legal proceedings support victims of domestic and family violence and hold perpetrators to account. The system will be safe, fair, supportive, consistent, efficient and coordinated.
Research is being undertaken to better understand how to support and protect particular vulnerable groups of people at a greater risk of experiencing domestic violence.
New workforce policies and initiatives will support government, non-government, business and industry, and community groups across Queensland to collectively prevent and respond to domestic and family violence.