In 2013–14, more than 66,000 domestic and family violence (DFV) incidents were reported to the Queensland Police Service, and there were 17 homicides in 2012–13 related to DFV.
To address these alarming statistics, a Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland (the taskforce) was established. Find out more about the taskforce, its actions and members.
After speaking with hundreds of DFV survivors, service providers and support groups, the taskforce handed down its Not now, not ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland report (the report).
The report made 140 recommendations and provided the framework for wide-ranging legal, social and cultural change to address DFV.
In August 2015, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk described the number of DFV incidents as ‘one of our state’s great shames’, 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 report, the Queensland Government developed the Domestic and family violence prevention strategy 2016–2026 (PDF) or (DOCX) (the strategy) and the First action plan (PDF) or (DOCX).
The strategy outlines a positive plan of action to address DFV. 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.
We will work with the community and service providers—and partners such as schools, businesses, healthcare providers and legal aid services—to achieve the vision of a Queensland free from DFV.
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 from July 2019 to June 2022.
This plan builds on the significant work of Queensland’s DFV reform program delivered so far. It also focuses on mobilising corporate and community action and supporting groups most vulnerable to, and impacted by, DFV.
In October 2019, the Queensland Government delivered all of the recommendations from the report, with a total of $328.9 million allocated since 2015–16.
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 DFV.