This report delves into the nature of domestic and family violence and documents some of the work of the deeply committed people who provide services to victims and perpetrators of abuse.
The Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland (the Taskforce), chaired by The Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, was established on 10 September 2014. The Taskforce was requested to deliver a report to the Premier of Queensland by 28 February 2015.
The Taskforce’s role has been to define the domestic and family violence landscape in Queensland, and make recommendations to inform the development of a long term vision and strategy for Government and the community, to rid our state of this insidious form of violence.
In doing so, the Taskforce has been guided by its Terms of Reference, as well as the stories, submissions, ideas and research provided to the Taskforce by many Queenslanders. The support from individuals, service providers and government agencies during the course of the review was inspiring and profoundly affected Taskforce members.
Over the five months the Taskforce took to review the domestic and family violence landscape in Queensland, it: received 185 submissions from courageous men and women who had experienced domestic and family violence; met with 367 different groups of victims, service providers and community leaders; hosted awareness raising events in which 457 Queenslanders participated; commissioned focus groups that spoke with 164 people and considered the 961 completed surveys undertaken at the commencement of the review.
In 2013-14, there were 66,016 occurrences of domestic and family violence reported to Queensland police. This equates to over 180 incidents of domestic and family violence being reported every day across the state. 17 homicides relating to domestic and family violence occurred in Queensland in 2012-13. On average, across Australia, one woman is killed by her partner every week. The annual cost of domestic and family violence to the Queensland economy is estimated to be between $2.7 billion to $3.2 billion