Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland
Following the release of the Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland report (Not Now, Not Ever report) in 2015, Queenslanders are taking up the challenge to end domestic and family violence.
Three years into the journey and the Queensland Government is firmly creating the platform for real and lasting change. An investment of $323.1 million over six years is ensuring that recommendations in the Not Now, Not Ever report are being transformed into action. Of the 121 recommendations for government outlined in the Not Now, Not Ever report, 85 have been completed and work has commenced on the remaining 36. The Queensland Government is also working with a range of organisations responsible for implementing the 19 non-government recommendations.
Broadly speaking, the Queensland Government is driving change across three foundational elements:
Shifting community attitudes and behaviours
Agencies are working with community, schools, business, religious and sporting organisations on a range of initiatives to drive a significant shift in community attitudes and behaviours. Through our collective efforts, we are embedding respectful relationships and a zero tolerance approach to domestic and family violence throughout the community so that everyone, everywhere, feels safe, supported and protected.
Integrating service responses
Queensland Government agencies are progressing a range of initiatives, including $53.4 million for domestic and family violence support services, to prevent violence and ensure victims and their families have access to the services they need to escape and not return to violence.
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 have access to responsive advice and are supported to participate in court processes.
While great inroads are being made on all fronts, long-term social change requires commitment from all sectors of the community. Together we will continue the journey to a Queensland free from domestic and family violence.
Find out more about the Queensland Government’s domestic and family violence reform program at www.qld.gov.au/enddomesticandfamilyviolence
The Stop Domestic Violence Conference is proud to have the Queensland Government supporting us as a Gold Partner for 2018.
For more information on the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference please visit stopdomesticviolence.com.au