The Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan 2016-2022 reflects the fact that the number of Queensland sex abuse reports to police rose to 4199 victims in 2015. Four out of five victims are female.
The Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan 2016-2022 reflects the fact that the number of Queensland sex abuse reports to police rose to 4199 victims in 2015. Four out of five victims are female. Christopher Chan

$4.4m to help support Ipswich, Mackay sex assault victims

EXTRA sexual assault services for female victims will be rolled out in Mackay, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Inala and the Redlands under the State Government's latest push to reduce domestic violence.

Announcing the Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan 2016-2022, the government revealed that it would work also with other states and territories and the Commonwealth to find ways to limit social media and other technology-based abuse against women.

The prevention plan also includes the roll-out of legislation that will see Wicked Campers lose their commercial vehicle registration if their vans have slogans that contravene advertising standards and granting adult victims of sexual offences automatic special witness status under amendments to the Evidence Act 1977.

Sexual assault support is a key part of the plan and reflects the fact that the number of Queensland sex abuse reports to police rose to 4199 victims in 2015.

Four out of five victims are female.

"We have twice as many reported female victims of elder abuse and only one in five women who experience sexual assault reported it to the police,” Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said.

"Domestic and family violence is only one of the many forms of violence that women may experience in their lifetime.

"We know women are more likely than men to be the victims of sexual assault, harassment, stalking and technology-facilitated abuse, to which young women are particularly vulnerable.”

Ms Fentiman said misogynistic attitudes like those displayed in messaging painted across Wicked Campers' vehicles added to rape and sexual abuse culture.

"If we want to stop violence before it starts we need to change these dangerous attitudes,” she said.

"Key to this will be the plan's actions aimed at shifting community attitudes and behaviours that support or excuse violence against women.

"The plan also drives improvements to the justice system experience for women who have experienced violence by providing victims of sexual violence automatic special witness status and enhancing efforts to hold perpetrators to account and prevent them from re-offending.”

The government said the locations for the new sexual violence support funding were chosen because there were limited or no existing support services for victims of sexual violence.

  • For 24-hour support in Queensland phone DVConnect on 1800 811 811, MensLine on 1800 600 636 or the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.


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