FORMER Governor-General, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, has been announced as the chair of a new taskforce aimed at reducing domestic violence incidents in Queensland.
The Taskforce will undertake state-wide consultation with communities, families and individuals, and strive to change the current attitudes to domestic and family violence.
Ms Bryce said she was honoured to take a leading role in reviewing such a prominent community safety issue.
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“All Queenslanders need to help tackle this problem. We all have a responsibility to look after one another because domestic and family violence is everybody’s business,” Ms Bryce said.
“Domestic and family violence mostly occurs in the privacy of people’s homes but it has a profound public impact socially and economically, especially on vulnerable women and children.”
Premier Campbell Newman welcomed Ms Bryce to the role and said he was delighted that she had accepted his offer to lead such an important review.
“Reports of domestic violence in Queensland continue to rise and many perpetrators of domestic abuse disregard domestic and family violence court orders. We want to make sure that we have a better coordinated response to these crimes and that those who inflict domestic and family violence are held accountable,” he said.
The Taskforce will report to the Premier by the end of February 2015 with recommendations to inform the development of a domestic and family violence strategy.
Minister for Communities and Child Safety Tracy Davis said the Queensland Government was committed to raising awareness about domestic and family violence and empowering the community to get involved.
“There is simply no excuse for domestic violence but we need to remain vigilant if we want Queensland to be the safest place to raise a family,” Ms Davis said.
“Change happens when the community challenges the attitudes and behaviours of this heinous crime and together we can achieve this.”