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Disability Action Plan

Responsible government

  • Queensland

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • 11 Deliver policies and services to address the disproportionate impact of violence on particular groups.
  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 16 Enable workforces to provide trauma-informed support with a focus on safety and recovery to victims and survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence.

What are we doing?

Queensland’s plan to respond to domestic and family violence against people with disability will continue to drive actions to end domestic violence in Queensland – for all Queenslanders.

The investment of $1.5 million over two years will build sector capacity, and build good evidence about what works to help make it easier for women with disability to report family violence and access support.

The plan contains both immediate strategies to improve service responses as well as initiatives that will pave the way towards a greater understanding of the experiences of people with disability, the strengths of the existing service systems and areas for future collaboration and improvement.

What have we achieved so far?

In 2018–19 a Disability and Elder Abuse Trial was conducted in the Gold Coast district. This joint initiative between the Queensland Police Service and Department of Communities Disability Services and Seniors established integrated service responses for victim survivors and perpetrators who live with disability or fall within the older age bracket. The trial has seen early evidence of success in improving outcomes for clients by, in particular, delivering more integrated and timely responses. The lessons learned from the Trial have informed the implementation of the Disability Action Plan.

What is next?

As part of the plan, the Queensland Government has committed to:

  • a campaign to raise awareness in relation to people with disability impacted by DFV and their human rights
  • deliver training to the DFV sector, the disability sector and people with disability in understanding and responding to DFV
  • the extension of the Gold Coast Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce trial to better respond to people with disability impacted by domestic and family violence
  • the construction of two new crisis shelters in high needs areas that can accommodate women with high mobility needs
  • map existing DFV data to identify opportunities to improve data collection about people with disability and to better understand how the system might more effectively operate to support people with disability experiencing violence at home.

What difference will we make?

Expected outcomes from the Disability Action Plan include:

  • Increased intolerance towards domestic and family violence
  • Greater proportion of Queenslanders are aware of the different types of domestic and family violence
  • Greater proportion of Queenslanders indicate that all types of domestic and family violence are unacceptable
  • Greater proportion of bystanders understand how to safely intervene
  • Greater proportion of victims know where to access help.


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