Current initiatives addressing sexual violence

We have made considerable progress towards addressing sexual violence, including through the Queensland Violence against Women Prevention Plan 2016-22 and the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026.

There are a number of initiatives and commitments across government that are contributing towards preventing and responding to sexual violence. These include:

  • providing funding for sexual assault services and child sexual abuse counselling services across the state
  • introducing legislative amendments to give special victim status to all victims of sexual offences
  • introducing a sexual assault counselling privilege and launching the Counselling Notes Protect service to provide free legal support to victims of sexual assault seeking to prevent disclosure of their private counselling sessions
  • committing to creating a new offence targeting non-consensual sharing of imitate images
  • reviewing the Queensland Government interagency guidelines for responding to adults, young people and children who have experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse
  • rolling out the Respectful Relationships education program across Queensland state schools.

In 2019, we have also provided over $100,000 in one-off grant funding for activities and events aimed at helping to stamp out sexual violence in all Queensland communities through the Sexual Violence Prevention Grants Program. More information on the grants and recipients can be found on the Sexual Violence Prevention Grants Program website.