Government response to DFV Death Review and Advisory Board annual report

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

The Palaszczuk Government has today announced its response to recommendations made in the Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Death Review and Advisory Board 2020-21 Annual Report.

Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the DFV Death Review and Advisory Board had made six recommendations to government in its 2020-21 annual report.

“We are absolutely committed to ending violence against women and girls,” Minister Fentiman said.

“That’s why the Palaszczuk Government has accepted all of the Board’s recommendations set out in the DFV Death Review Board’s latest annual report.”

The Minister said there was a strong alignment between the recommendations made in the report and some of the 89 recommendations made by the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce in its first report.

“Our top priority is the safety of women and girls, and holding perpetrators to account,” she said.

“That’s why we are implementing all of the recommendations of the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce’s first report, and to undertake this crucial work we have committed an historic $363 million reform package.

“As a result of the alignment with Taskforce recommendations, five of the six Board recommendations will be completed through the implementation of the Taskforce recommendations.

“The other recommendation outlines the need for improvements to the support given to families, particularly children who have been impacted by a DFV death.

“We will be undertaking targeted consultation with services who support victims of homicide and DFV, as well as people with lived experience to shape how we can improve our response to loved ones of DFV homicide victims.”

The annual report outlines the ongoing need to better recognise the effects of trauma, and the need for more long-term support to more effectively recognise and disrupt the underlying patterns of violence and abuse.

Additionally, the report has identified work required to better understand and respond to DFV among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

“I would like to thank the DFV Death Review and Advisory Board for its continued dedication and hard work towards keeping Queensland women and families safe,” the Minister said.

The Queensland Government’s full response to Board’s recommendations, and more information about the work of the DFV Death Review and Advisory Board visit: https://www.courts.qld.gov.au/courts/coroners-court/review-of-deaths-from-domestic-and-family-violence

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