Queensland’s Women’s Safety Justice initiative has taken an important step forward today, with the public submissions process now open.
The task force was recently stood up, in response to the horrific amount of domestic violence attacks on women across the Sunshine State.
There are have been urgent calls for a review into the domestic violence scope, following the horrific murder of Gold Coast woman Kelly Wilkinson.
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The Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce has today launched its public submissions process, calling on any women who’ve dealt with the criminal justice system, either for domestic violence reasons or others to come forward and share their experience.
It will be anonymous for women to make a submission.
It comes after shocking new figures, that revealed a near 200 percent increase in Domestic Violence Order breaches in Queensland over the last decade.
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Attorney-General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman says this is a significant step forward in tackling violence against women in our community.
“Our Government has made significant progress to prevent and respond to domestic, family and sexual violence in Queensland, but we know there is more work to be done,” she said.
“The work of the Women’s Safety and Justice taskforce is crucial in looking at what barriers women face when they report on violence committed against them, and to look at laws that will keep women safe and hold perpetrators to account.
“The information shared will allow the task force to look into areas of reform, including attitudinal change, prevention, service response, training for first responders and legislative amendment, with a trauma approach.”
Submissions can be made through the secure portal on the taskforce website at www.womenstaskforce.qld.gov.au
The submissions will help the task force review the criminal justice system and how it deals with women, but also the issue of coercive control and consideration of this behaviour as a specific offence of domestic violence.