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    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    New peak body aimed at ending violence against women

    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Thursday, October 01, 2015

    New peak body aimed at ending violence against women

    Organisations working in the Sexual Violence, Women’s Health and Domestic and Family Violence services have joined forces to form a new peak body aimed at eliminating violence against women.

    The new Ending Violence Against Women Queensland (EVAWQ) peak body is being launched today at Parliament House, on the first day of Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SVAM) 2015.

    The Peak body, made up of more than 20 different organisations, will provide a united and representative state-wide voice across all three areas of Sexual Violence, Women’s Health and Domestic and Family Violence Services.

     Minister for Women, Shannon Fentiman, said the links between sexual violence, domestic and family violence and women’s health were clear.

    “That’s why this new peak body makes so much sense. We know that domestic violence, sexual assault and violence against women more broadly are all gendered forms of violence,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “We cannot focus on domestic and family violence without also focusing on the broader issue of violence against women.

    “That’s why we’re working with the community to develop coordinated strategies to end violence against women, including developing a new a Violence Against Women Prevention Plan.”

     EVAWQ Interim President Linda-Ann Northey said forming a united group would help to drive change across all three areas and really make an impact.

    “The new Peak will enable greater support networks and communication pathways to be established between services, government and the community across the three different service sectors, and therefore provide greater safety for women,” Ms Northey said. 

    “We are a much needed central point for combined effort in service delivery, working in solidarity - with one voice and for one purpose - to end violence against women. To end it, full stop.”

    The Government is seeking input into the Violence Against Women Prevention Plan as part of the consultation on the draft Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy, which closes on 16 November. 

    For more information about the Government’s work to tackle domestic and family violence and violence against women: https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/gateway/end-domestic-and-family-violence

    Find out more information about the new Ending Violence Against Women Queensland peak body

    A list of events for Sexual Violence Awareness Month

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