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Strengthening justice system responses

Significant reforms are underway to create a stronger justice system that prioritises victim safety, holds perpetrators to account, and ensures people impacted by domestic and family violence have access to responsive advice and are supported to participate in court processes.

On 11 March 2021, the Queensland Government announced a wide-ranging review into the experience of women across the criminal justice system to be undertaken by the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce, led by Margaret McMurdo AC.

The Taskforce members include:

  • Tracy Linford APM, Deputy Commissioner, Queensland Police Service (QPS)
  • Laura Reece, Barrister-at-Law
  • Di Macleod, Deputy Chair, Queensland Sexual Assault Network
  • Gillian O’Brien, Manager, WWILD
  • Thelma Schwartz, Principal Legal Officer, Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service
  • Patrick O’Leary, Professor, Griffith University
  • Kelly-Ann Tansley, Manager, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service – Micah Projects
  • Dr Nora Amath, Islamic Women’s Association of Australia
  • Philip McCarthy, QC, Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Alexis Oxley, Solicitor.

View the Taskforce on Coercive Control and Women's Experience in the Criminal Justice System Terms of Reference (PDF, 695 KB) Taskforce on Coercive Control and Women's Experience in the Criminal Justice System Terms of Reference (DOCX, 13 KB).

For further information please email women@qld.gov.au or phone Women's Infolink on 1800 177 577. Further information about how you can have input into the process will be available soon.

Key initiatives to date include:

For further information please email women@qld.gov.au.

Where to get help

If you are in immediate danger, phone the police on Triple Zero (000).

For help and advice: