The Queensland Government has today launched a new violence prevention plan to help women and girls in Queensland live without fear, threats or experience of violence.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman launched key actions via the Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan 2016 - 2022 at Parliament House.

Key actions:

  • Partnering with Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety to build an evidence base about the nature of violence;
  • $4.4 million for new sexual assault services to support women at Mackay, Moreton Bay, Inala, Ipswich and the Redlands.
  • Introduce legislation to Parliament so that commercial vehicle registration holders who fail to comply with determinations of the Advertising Standards Board will face the prospect of having their registration cancelled (Wicked Campers);
  • Continue to work with other jurisdictions and the Commonwealth to take action to limit technology-facilitated abuse.
  • Amend the Evidence Act 1977 to give adult victims of a sexual offence who are to give evidence against the accused in a criminal proceeding so they have automatic status as a special witness.
  • Promote, maintain and annually review the Respectful Relationships Education Program to ensure it reflects current education research and best practice.

The Violence against Women Prevention Plan complements the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016–26, Queensland says: Not now, Not ever and is the final step for Queensland in meeting its commitments under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Read more about the Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan 2016 - 2022

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