The Women's Safety and Justice Taskforce "Hear Her Voice" Report 1 - Is the next stage of the Queensland's landmark "Not Now Not Ever" report. The aim of this independent and consultative taskforce was stage 1 in consideration how to best legislate against coercive control as a form of domestic violence. There were 89 recommendations.
The past five years have seen a chorus of women saying, “enough is enough”. Major cultural developments have swept the globe – such as the ‘me too’ movement1– signalling a change in the way that the broader community thinks about gender equality. There is a broad recognition that deep cultural, systemic and institutional changes need to occur to address the ongoing economic and social inequalities that face women and girls. Queensland women are not a homogenous group. Women are diverse in their age, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, family structure, socio-economic status, regionality, ability, health status and more. This strategy aims to improve the lives of all women. This new Queensland Women’s Strategy 2022–27 provides a high-level framework for this work to take place over the next five years, and includes key commitments to drive the work to strengthen the status of women in Queensland. The strategy provides a basis for ensuring that policies and decisions are informed and influenced by women’s voices, both now and into the future. The strategy is for all Queenslanders – governments, businesses, individuals and communities. Everyone has a part to play in achieving gender equality.
Each and every Queenslander has the right to feel safe, and be safe, especially in their own home. Domestic and family violence is a violation of this basic human right. The Queensland Government is committed to taking action to eliminate domestic and family violence. However, we recognise that domestic and family violence must be everyone’s concern and both government and the community have a responsibility to work together. Together we must stop the behaviour and attitudes that trivialise, excuse or perpetuate domestic and family violence. Men play an important role in leading and supporting the community in the prevention of domestic and family violence. Men and women must unite to end this form of violence in our society. This strategy will be successful as a result of working in partnership with well-established service providers. It will not only build on current successful practices, but also develop new responses and initiatives where required.
The Guidelines are designed to improve outcomes for victims of domestic and family violence, and to better hold perpetrators to account. The Guidelines are also consistent with the Domestic and Family Violence Common Risk and Safety Framework, which has been developed to support greater integrated responses to domestic and family violence across the state. Effective, coordinated responses to domestic and family violence depend on the sharing of relevant information across agencies. In particular, information sharing is integral to effective risk management and safety planning, as each agency often holds different information about the circumstances and relevant risks present in each particular case. Without sharing the information, there is a risk that the full situation may not be apparent to any individual agency, and the level of risk to a victim may not be apparent until the victim has been killed. Information sharing assists in creating effective screening measures; prioritising ‘high risk’ cases; and minimising secondary victimisation by requiring victims to repeatedly retell their stories.