17 October, 2019 –
Earlier this year, the Queensland Government engaged with survivors, service providers and community leaders, to help us get our response to sexual violence right. As a trauma surgeon, I often saw the disastrous effects of this violence.
Prevent. Support. Believe. Queensland’s Framework to address Sexual Violence outlines the Queensland Government’s new approach to preventing and responding to sexual violence. It acknowledges the progress we have made so far and establishes our vision for a Queensland where survivors are believed and supported, and everyone lives free of the fear, threat or experience of sexual violence.
Some of the most important initiatives in the Framework are:
- Making respectful relationships education compulsory in all Queensland state schools via a strengthening of the Australian curriculum
- Prioritising cultural change in the Queensland Police service to deliver a strengthened victim-centric focus
- Conducting a pilot of a dedicated sexual violence liaison officer within the Townsville QPS District
- Establishing a sexual violence champions group to guide cultural change
- Strengthening sexual violence initiatives and responses at key events and locations involving young people, including Schoolies events
- Raising the profile of Sexual Violence Awareness Month, including the delivery of an annual Sexual Violence Awareness Grants Program
Implementation of the Framework will be through a comprehensive whole-of-government Action Plan to be released in mid-2020, and this will lay out the things we will do to achieve our vision.
For more information on the Framework, please go to www.csyw.qld.gov.au/violence-prevention/sexual-violence-prevention/sexual-violence-prevention-framework