Premier urges fellow leaders to tackle domestic violence

ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk is putting domestic violence on the national agenda.

The Queensland Premier on Friday urged state and territory leaders to take action while speaking at the Council of Australian Governments meeting.

Ms Palaszczuk's call follows a month-long anti-domestic violence campaign by Australian Regional Media, publisher of this newspaper.

Throughout the Terror at Home series, which looked at family violence from every perspective, ARM lobbied the Queensland and NSW governments to set up specialised domestic violence courts and to roll out government-led respectful relationship programs in schools.

The campaign included a petition that attracted more than 2000 signatures.

Ms Palaszczuk, who gave her support to ARM's series, told her colleagues they needed to get on board to end the epidemic of family violence.

Domestic violence has claimed more than 30 Australian lives this year.

"This is a community issue," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"As leaders we can set the parameters, but it needs a community response.

"We need to make sure that everyone is aware that any form of domestic and family violence is simply not acceptable."

Ms Palaszczuk said she was moved by Australian of the Year and anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty's story.

Ms Batty's ex-partner killed their son Luke in 2014.

"I was welcomed today to set down and hear Rosie Batty's personal story, but her story is not different to thousands of other women and we need to make sure ... that we also have the necessary service delivery agencies out there to cope with the number of women that will come forward ...

"The other issue that we raised and discussed informally was about perhaps looking at domestic violence specialised courts."

The courts concept was among 140 recommendations delivered to the Premier by a Queensland domestic violence taskforce led by former governor-general Quentin Bryce.

"It (is) ... something that I think that we can explore further in terms of having a holistic approach and being more sensitive to the issues surrounding women going through domestic and family violence," Ms Palaszczuk said.

The premier told ARM on April 10 her government would consider every recommendation from the taskforce.


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