DFV prevention strategy

The Queensland Government is taking action to end domestic and family violence (DFV). However, we cannot do it alone.

About the strategy

The Domestic and family violence prevention strategy 2016–2026 (PDF) or (DOCX) (the strategy) is a vehicle to drive change across all sectors of the Queensland community.

The strategy was informed by a 3-month community collaboration program, including contributions from more than 1,280 individuals. Read what Queenslanders told us in the Community collaboration program consultation report (PDF).

The strategy sets the direction for collaborative action to end DFV in Queensland, encouraging partnerships between the government, community and business.

It outlines a shared vision and a set of principles to guide action across government and the community, including a staged 10-year plan on how we will get there.

Our reforms, outlined in the strategy, will recognise the victim’s perspective, prioritise their safety, and reduce the onus on them to take action or leave their home. We will focus on educating frontline professionals to help them recognise and respond to DFV, creating safe communities and workplaces that support victims, providing effective services that efficiently wrap around the victim, and ensuring our legal system supports victims and holds perpetrators to account.

The strategy also continues to build on the effective work already being done by the specialist DFV support sector to address DFV.

How we will deliver action

The Third action plan 2019–20 to 2021–22 (PDF) builds on the significant work of Queensland’s DFV reform program delivered under the First action plan 2015–16 (PDF) or (DOCX) and Second action plan 2016–19 (PDF) or (DOCX).

It provides a blueprint for government and the community to work together to continue to deliver positive change over the next 3 years, from July 2019 to June 2022.

Under the Third action plan we will deliver enhanced action through signature initiatives such as:

  • partnering with business and community to strengthen responses to and prevention of DFV
  • improving equity in access to services for Queenslanders most vulnerable to and impacted by DFV
  • enhancing integrated service responses and service sector capacity to respond effectively to those who experience DFV
  • increasing economic participation of and access to safe, secure housing for women affected by DFV and their children
  • evolving the Specialist Domestic and Family Violence Court model
  • embedding respectful relationships education in Queensland schools.

The Queensland Government has delivered all of the recommendations from the Not now, not ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland report, with a total of $328.9 million allocated since 2015–16.

How you can make a difference

We need to work together to stop the behaviour and attitudes that allow DFV to continue. All over the state⁠—in our workplaces, schools, sporting clubs, neighbourhoods and communities⁠—find out how you can help put an end to DFV.

How we will measure success

Evaluation is critical to ensuring that the reforms outlined in the strategy are achieving their stated goals. The Evaluation framework (PDF) or (DOCX) has been developed in response to recommendations 5 and 17 of the Not now, not ever report and sets out how the Queensland Government will assess the impact of the reform program as well as specific initiatives.

The evaluation framework has a number of key components, including a structured review of each of the 4 action plans.

In 2019, Deloitte Access Economics in partnership with Ipsos completed a Review of the Second action plan (PDF), exploring the extent to which Queensland is on track towards achieving the strategy’s long-term vision. Read a summary of the review’s key findings (PDF).

Following the findings of the structured review of the Second action plan, a Revised indicator matrix for the evaluation framework (PDF) has been developed to ensure it is fit for purpose and addresses emerging priorities, particularly under the Third action plan.