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Domestic and family violence reform

The justice system has a critical role to play in responding to the insidious problem of domestic and family violence (DFV).

The Department of Justice and Attorney-General is involved in implementing more than 40 of the Bryce Taskforce Report’s 140 recommendations for reform.

Specialist domestic violence court at Southport

A trial specialist domestic violence court was established on 1 September 2015 at Southport on the Gold Coast in response to the recommendations contained in the report of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland  – Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence.

Initially a six month trial, it has been extended until 30 June 2017.

An interim evaluation of the trial domestic violence court was undertaken in late 2015 to report on the early progress and identify any issues for consideration for the remainder of the trial. This report documents the findings of the interim evaluation.

The Specialist Court aims to improve outcomes for both parties involved in domestic and family violence proceedings. Watch the video, which explains how integrated services at the Southport Domestic Violence Court support better outcomes.

Last reviewed
12 October 2016
Last updated
12 October 2016

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