Sexual Violence Prevention Framework
Earlier this year, the Queensland Government engaged with people from all over Queensland on the issue of sexual violence.
Through community forums, focus groups, online surveys and written submissions, the government heard about what needs to be done to better prevent and respond to sexual violence in Queensland. What they heard – particularly from victims and survivors who courageously shared their stories – has been critical in developing the Queensland Government’s approach.
On 15 October, Government released Prevent. Support. Believe. Queensland’s Framework to address Sexual Violence. The Framework sets out Goverment’s vision for a Queensland where everyone lives free of the fear, threat or experience of sexual violence. It brings together the progress Government has made so far in addressing this issue, and identifies priority areas for action that will guide the Queensland Government’s future responses to sexual violence.
The Framework provides a strong, cohesive and evidence-informed approach to preventing and responding to all forms of sexual violence, including (but not limited to):
- sexual assault and rape
- sexual harassment
- technology-facilitated violence
- youth sexual violence
- child sexual abuse.
The Framework has been designed to include prevention and responses to all people who experience sexual violence, including women, men, children and young people.
The Framework identifies important new initiatives, for which delivery can be commenced right away:
- Making respectful relationships education compulsory in all Queensland state schools via strengthening implementation of the Australian curriculum, and ensuring the quality of programs delivered
- Strengthening a victim-centric focus in the Queensland Police Service
- 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
More information on the framework can be found here.