Dame Quentin Bryce to fight domestic violence

THE woman tasked with stopping escalating domestic violence rates across Queensland is determined to change the culture.

Domestic violence taskforce chair Dame Quentin Bryce said reports of a mother and three children killed in NSW had girded her determination to fix the problem, starting with early intervention and programs for perpetrators.

She said this "horrific, insidious" behaviour was increasing in quantity and gravity but the taskforce must find "pathways to ameliorating of the scourge that this dreadful violence represents".

"Behind every one of those facts and figures is a woman, her family, her community," she said.

"We want to look at new ways of how we can improve the integrated responses that we have, but I want to say too how many marvellous people there are in this state who work very hard in this field, particularly in remote and rural areas of Queensland.

"It's not just for government, for service providers.

"This is a time for all of us to come together and say 'this must stop' and to take action as individuals and for every sector of our community to be in this, enough is enough."

Asked whether the eight-person taskforce - including community representatives Heather Nancarrow, Anne Cross and Ada Woolla, LNP members Kerry Millard and Ian Kaye, Independent Liz Cunningham and Labor's Desley Scott - could achieve their goals in five months, Ms Bryce said:

Well we have to, we absolutely have to.

In 2013, there were 64,246 reported incidents of domestic violence in Queensland, up from 57,963 in 2012.

Premier Campbell Newman said he had no doubt much-needed change was on the way and he believed "happy, harmonious and functioning families" would make a huge difference to other ills in the state.

"That's my great hope," he said.

"Thirty-five years ago drink-driving in this nation was seen as something that was a misdemeanour or trivia or on some occasions even a bit of joke.

"Not today. It's a crime and I think we've made huge positive inroads into changing the culture ... we have been successful in driving the terrible death toll on the roads down.

"So surely we can make a difference here in the same way about changing the culture and getting an outcome. I'm convinced that we can."

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