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Domestic and family violence

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:

  1. a shift in community attitudes and behaviour
  2. an integrated service response system that delivers services and support to victims and perpetrators
  3. a stronger justice system response that will prioritise victim safety and hold perpetrators to account.

 To deliver the reforms, the department will focus on five key areas:

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