Current initiatives addressing sexual violence

We are working to prevent and address sexual violence, guided by Prevent. Support. Believe. Queensland’s Framework to address Sexual Violence and the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026.

Significant initiatives and commitments across government include:

  • providing funding for sexual assault services and child sexual abuse counselling services across the state
  • supporting the Townsville Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
  • passing legislative amendments to strengthen the accountability of organisations and individuals in preventing and responding to child sexual abuse, in response to recommendations of the Royal Commission
  • introducing a sexual assault counselling privilege and launching the Counselling Notes Protect service to provide free legal support to victims of sexual assault seeking to prevent disclosure of their private counselling sessions
  • rolling out the Respectful Relationships education program across Queensland state schools with a commitment to ensuring the quality of programs delivered
  • introducing ‘just-in-case’ forensic examinations for victims of sexual assault, whether or not they have decided to report the assault to police
  • addressing barriers to reporting sexual assault to the Queensland Police Service and strengthening a victim-centric focus.

In 2020, over $113,000 in one-off grant funding was awarded to a diverse range of community groups and/or organisations to undertake activities to prevent sexual violence in Queensland communities through the Sexual Violence Prevention Grants Program. Find out more information about the grants and recipients.