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Reshaping our Approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander domestic and family violence

Responsible government

  • Queensland

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
    • 9 Address both the immediate impacts and deep underlying drivers of family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through collective action with governments, service providers and communities.

What are we doing?

In May 2019, Queensland released Queensland’s Framework for Action – Reshaping our approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander domestic and family violence. The release of the Framework demonstrates Queensland’s commitment to a new way of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities in the spirit of reconciliation to address the causes, prevalence and impacts of domestic and family violence.

The framework sets the tone for Queensland Government working in genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples towards the vision of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities living free from violence and enabled and supported to undertake healing.

The framework sets out strategies and actions to achieve the vision, including new actions to be delivered in 2019–21. Importantly, it acknowledges the strengths within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to address domestic and family violence, and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to determine what, when and how services and responses are needed in their communities.

The Queensland Government will provide over $1.5 million to support implementation of the Framework for Action over two years (2019–20 to 2020–21).

What have we achieved so far?

Developed in partnership with the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, the framework is the result of targeted consultation and research with stakeholders including the Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group, and the Queensland First Children and Families Board.

What is next?

Priority actions for 2019–21 will be delivered by July 2021:

  • The Framework for Action will continue to be embedded in further action plans under the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy and the Our Way Strategy
  • The principles and approach will be applied in all DFV service delivery targeted towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

What difference will we make?

A dedicated evaluation plan will be developed in 2019–20 to track progress and outcomes under the framework.

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