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Violence against women prevention plan 2016-22

Violence against women is one of the most serious causes and consequences of gender inequality. It increases the risk of women facing disadvantage and can have far-reaching impacts on their social and economic participation, health, housing and security.

Violence against women is more likely to occur, and the impacts more severe, when there are other forms of inequality and discrimination. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience violence at much higher rates than non-Indigenous women (Source: Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision, 2014, Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: Key indicators 2014, Productivity Commission, Canberra).

The deep and enduring trauma experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a contributing factor to the experience of violence by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women today (Source: Al-Yaman F, Van Doeland M. & Wallis M., 2006. Family violence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory).

The Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan 2016-22 (PDF, 2 MB) Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan 2016-22 (RTF, 225 KB) (the Plan), developed based on widespread community consultation, completed Queensland’s policy framework for the prevention of violence against women and their children, supported our contribution to the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-22 and acted as a delivery mechanism for the Safety priority of the Queensland Women’s Strategy 2016-21. (PDF, 3.4 MB) Queensland Women’s Strategy 2016-21. (DOC, 153 KB)

The Plan included primary, secondary and tertiary prevention action on all forms of violence against women in the priorities of:

  • Respect, focussing on shifting community attitudes and behaviours that support or excuse violence against women.
  • Safety, decreasing the risk of violence for women, particularly those who face multiple and complex forms of disadvantage and reducing the impact of violence through services that meet women’s needs.
  • Justice to women who have experienced gendered violence, holding perpetrators to account and preventing re-offending.

The Plan was originally designed to be a ‘living’ document, operating over a 6-year period, with actions to be refreshed in 2018 and 2020. The first set of actions focused on laying the foundations in the first 2 years, exploring the evidence base about the nature of violence against women in Queensland, and assessing our current frameworks for responding. Addressing sexual violence against women and girls was a strong focus in the Plan.

On 15 October 2019, the Queensland Government released Prevent. Support. Believe. Queensland's Framework to address Sexual Violence (the Framework), and committed to development of a comprehensive Action Plan to address sexual violence, to be released in 2020. Going forward, future actions to continue the Government's commitment to addressing sexual violence against women and girls will be incorporated into the Action Plan, which will retain a gendered focus while also responding to sexual violence experienced by all Queenslanders. The Queensland Women’s Strategy Community Implementation Plan will remain Queensland key plan for tackling gender inequality, including addressing violence against women.