Reshaping our approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander domestic and family violence

The Queensland Government has committed to a new way of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities in the spirit of reconciliation to address the causes, prevalence and impacts of domestic and family violence.

Queensland’s Framework for Action – Reshaping our Approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Domestic and Family Violence (PDF) provides a clear statement of that commitment, and our vision of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities living free from violence and enabled and supported to undertake healing.

The framework sets out strategies and actions to achieve the vision, including new actions to be delivered in 2019-21. Importantly, it acknowledges the strengths within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to address domestic and family violence, and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to determine what, when and how services and responses are needed in their communities.

The framework was developed in response to a recommendation from the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board that identified a need to develop a dedicated response to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family violence.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Group

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Group (the Prevention Group) has been established to have oversight of Queensland’s Framework for Action—Reshaping our approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander domestic and family violence (the Framework).

The establishment of the Prevention Group recognises Queensland’s commitment that domestic and family violence (DFV) reform activities must be co-designed and undertaken in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities to effectively and appropriately address the intersection of the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the complexity of DFV.

The Prevention Group’s purpose is to:

  • provide oversight and support to the implementation of the Framework
  • oversee and track progress on addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander DFV as part of the governance framework for the DFV reform program undertaken by the Queensland Government.

The Prevention Group is chaired by Ms Wynetta Dewis, and includes the following members who bring a wide range of experience and expertise:

  • Ms Lynette Anderson
  • Mr Saliman Bin Juda
  • Ms Renee Blackman
  • Mr Kieran Chilcott
  • Ms Mary Doctor
  • Ms Noeleen Lopes
  • Ms Samantha Wild.

Contact

To stay connected to the Prevention Group, please email the Secretariat at emily.crawford@justice.qld.gov.au.