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DFVP Strategy

The Queensland Government is taking action to end domestic and family violence. However, we cannot do it alone.

About the Strategy

The Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 (PDF, 753 KB) Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 (DOCX, 737 KB) is a vehicle to drive change across all sectors of the Queensland community.

During a 3-month community collaboration program, more than 1,280 individuals provided feedback on the First Action Plan 2015-2016. These valuable insights informed the final Strategy and provided valuable content for the First Action Plan 2015-2016. Read what Queenslanders told us in the Community Collaboration Program Consultation Report (PDF, 2.9 MB).

The Strategy sets the direction for collaborative action to end domestic and family violence in Queensland, encouraging partnerships between the government, community and business.

It outlines a shared vision and a set of principles to guide action across government and the community, including a staged 10-year plan on how we will get there.

Our reforms, outlined in the Strategy, will recognise the victim’s perspective, prioritise their safety, and reduce the onus on them to take action or leave their home. We will focus on educating frontline professionals to help them recognise and respond to domestic and family violence, creating safe communities and workplaces that support victims, providing effective services that efficiently wrap around the victim, and ensuring our legal system supports victims and holds perpetrators to account.

The Strategy also continues to build on the effective work already being done by the community services sector to address domestic and family violence.

How we will deliver action

The Third Action Plan 2019-20 to 2021-22 (PDF, 1.1 MB) builds on the significant work of Queensland’s domestic and family violence reform program delivered under the First Action Plan 2015-2016 (PDF, 609 KB) First Action Plan 2015-2016 (DOCX, 217 KB) and Second Action Plan 2016-19 (PDF, 561 KB) Second Action Plan 2016-19 (DOCX, 60 KB).

It provides a blueprint for government and the community to work together to continue to deliver positive change over the next 3 years, from July 2019 to June 2022.

Under the Third Action Plan, we will deliver enhanced action through signature initiatives such as:

  • partnering with business and community to strengthen responses to and prevention of domestic and family violence
  • improving equity in access to services for Queenslanders most vulnerable to and impacted by domestic and family violence
  • enhancing integrated service responses and service sector capacity to respond effectively to those who experience domestic and family violence
  • increasing economic participation of and access to safe, secure housing for women affected by domestic and family violence and their children
  • evolving the Specialist Domestic and Family Violence Court model
  • embedding Respectful Relationships Education in Queensland schools.

The Queensland Government has demonstrated its commitment to implementing the recommendations from the Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland report, with a total of $328.9 million allocated since 2015-16.

How you can make a difference

We need to work together to stop the behaviour and attitudes that allow domestic and family violence to continue. All over the state⁠—in our workplaces, schools, sporting clubs, neighbourhoods and communities⁠—find out how you can help put an end to domestic and family violence.

How we will measure success

Evaluation is critical to ensuring that the reforms outlined in the strategy are achieving their stated goals. The evaluation framework (PDF, 2.8 MB) evaluation framework (DOCX, 436 KB) has been developed in response to recommendations 5 and 17 of the Not Now, Not Ever report and sets out how the Queensland Government will assess the impact of the reform program as well as specific initiatives.

The evaluation framework has a number of key components, including a structured review of each of the 4 action plans.

In 2019, Deloitte Access Economics in partnership with Ipsos completed a structured review of the Second Action Plan 2016-19 (PDF, 6.8 MB) exploring the extent to which Queensland is on track towards achieving the Strategy’s long-term vision.

Read a summary of the structured review’s findings in the Structured review of the Second Action Plan 2016-17 to 2018-19 Key findings (PDF, 174 KB).

Where to get help

If you are in immediate danger, phone the police on Triple Zero (000).

For help and advice, call:

  • DVConnect Womensline
    1800 811 811
    24 hours, 7 days a week
  • DVConnect Mensline
    1800 600 636
    9am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week
  • Sexual Assault Helpline
    1800 010 120
    7.30am to 11.30pm, 7 days a week
  • Elder Abuse Helpline
    1300 651 192
    9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

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