Strengthening justice system responses

Significant reforms are underway to create a stronger justice system that prioritises victim safety, holds perpetrators to account, and ensures people impacted by domestic and family violence (DFV) have access to responsive advice and are supported to participate in court processes.

On 11 March 2021, the Queensland Government announced a wide-ranging review into the experience of women across the criminal justice system to be undertaken by the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce, led by Margaret McMurdo AC.

The taskforce members include:

  • Ms Tracy Linford APM, Deputy Commissioner, Queensland Police Service
  • Ms Laura Reece, Barrister-at-Law
  • Ms Di Macleod, Deputy Chair, Queensland Sexual Assault Network
  • Ms Gillian O’Brien, Manager, WWILD
  • Ms Thelma Schwartz, Principal Legal Officer, Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service
  • Professor Patrick O’Leary, Professor, Griffith University
  • Ms Kelly-Ann Tansley, Manager, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service – Micah Projects
  • Dr Nora Amath, Islamic Women’s Association of Australia
  • Mr Philip McCarthy, QC, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Ms Alexis Oxley, Solicitor, Legal Aid Queensland.

Visit the Women's Safety and Justice Taskforce website for further information, including how you can participate.

Key initiatives to date include:

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