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Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework

Responsible government

  • Queensland

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment
    • 13 Prevent sexual violence and sexual harassment before it happens through national and targeted initiatives that promote informed consent, bodily autonomy and respectful relationships.
    • 14 Deliver client-centred, trauma-informed, specialised and consistent support to victims and survivors of sexual violence.
    • 15 Strengthen the capacity of all sectors to address sexual harassment to ensure women are safe at work, while studying, in public and online.

What are we doing?

On October 15, 2019 Queensland released a Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework to provide a strong, cohesive and evidence-based approach to preventing and responding to all forms of sexual violence.

The Framework sets out a clear vision and objectives, brings together current initiatives and programs already addressing sexual violence, and guides Queensland’s future responses.

What have we achieved so far?

To help develop the Framework, the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women undertook extensive stakeholder and public consultation from late 2018 to June 2019, including eight community forums across the state, online surveys, specific sessions to hear the voices of victims and survivors of sexual violence, and targeted focus groups on the experiences to specific population groups.

A Sexual Violence Prevention Roundtable was established to provide insight on sexual violence issues, help identify priority areas of need, and provide advice on evidence-based approaches for addressing the causes of sexual violence. The Roundtable includes sector and community representatives, academic experts, and senior government representatives, and is chaired by the Deputy Director-General, Strategy, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

What is next?

To support implementation of the Framework, a comprehensive whole-of-Government Action Plan to address sexual violence will be released in 2020.

What difference will we make?

An overview of outcomes and measures through which progress will be monitored will form part of the Framework. Outcomes the Framework will work towards include:

  • Communities are safe and free from violence
  • People who a have experienced sexual violence are believed and supported
  • Relationships are respectful
  • Services meet the needs of all people impacted by sexual violence
  • The justice system is responsive to victims and survivors
  • Perpetrators are held to account and stop committing sexual violence.

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