Quentin Bryce to chair new domestic violence taskforce

A NEW state-wide taskforce will tackle the scourge of domestic violence in Queensland, led by former Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Premier Campbell Newman announced on Sunday.

The taskforce would start a huge public consultation with families and community groups dealing with domestic violence issues.

It will review the existing services available to families affected by domestic violence, and what can be done, with an eye to create a new Queensland strategy for addressing the problems.

Mr Newman said reports of domestic violence across Queensland continued to rise and many perpetrators "disregard" court orders.

"We want to make sure that we have a better coordinated response to these crimes and that those who inflict domestic and family violence are held accountable," he said.

Ms Bryce, who Mr Newman appointed to lead the taskforce, said she was honoured, and "all Queenslanders" had a responsibility to look after one another.

"Domestic and family violence mostly occurs in the privacy of people's homes but it has a profound public impact socially and economically, especially on vulnerable women and children," she said.

Mr Newman said the taskforce would include politicians from both sides of the aisle and would report to his office by the end of February next year.



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