End Domestic and Family Violence: how it began
In 2013–14, more than 66,000 incidents were reported to Queensland police, and there were 17 homicides related to domestic and family violence in 2012-13.
To address these alarming statistics, a Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland was established.
The former Governor-General of Australia, The Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, chaired the taskforce.
Over several months, the taskforce undertook extensive statewide consultation to look at how government, the police and community could work together to tackle domestic and family violence.
After speaking with hundreds of domestic violence survivors, service providers and support groups, the taskforce handed down its report, Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland.
The report made 140 recommendations and provided the framework for wide-ranging legal, social and cultural change to address domestic and family violence.
In August 2015, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk described the number of domestic violence incidents as ‘one of our state’s great shames’ and accepted all 121 of the report’s recommendations for government, and committed to support the 19 non-government recommendations.
What happened next?
Following the handing down of the landmark report, Not Now, Not Ever, the Queensland Government developed the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 (PDF) or (DOCX) and the first action plan (PDF) or (DOCX).
The strategy outlines a positive plan of action to address domestic and family violence. It has a strong focus on prevention—stopping the violence before it happens—and supporting those living with violence.
- shifting community attitudes and behaviours
- enhancing service responses
- strengthening justice system responses.
The government will work with the community and service providers, such as schools, businesses, healthcare providers and legal aid services, to achieve the vision of a Queensland free from domestic and family violence.
Where are we now?
The Third Action Plan 2019-20 to 2021-22 (PDF) was released in September 2019 and provides a blueprint for government and the community to work together to continue to deliver positive change over the three-year period, July 2019 to June 2022.
This plan builds on the significant work of Queensland’s domestic and family violence reform program delivered so far. It also focuses on mobilising corporate and community action and supporting groups most vulnerable to, and impacted by, domestic and family violence.
Where to next?
Looking forward, a fourth action plan will be developed to encourage continued community-led action beyond the life of the Strategy to fully realise the vision of a Queensland free from domestic and family violence.