Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman
Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman Max Fleet

Qld joins Our Watch to combat domestic violence

QUEENSLAND has finally joined Australia's key anti-domestic violence group.

Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman will today announce her government will become a member of Our Watch - a Commonwealth-funded national organisation charged with raising awareness of violence against women and children.

The move follows Tasmania's promise to sign up on May 25.

NSW, the ACT and WA governments are not on board the bi-partisan group chaired by former politician Natasha Stott Despoja.

Ms Fentiman said joining Our Watch meant her government was keen to play "a key role" in developing the organisation's National Framework to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children.

"When we look away, or excuse people for violence or behaviour which demeans women, our community grows weaker," Ms Fentiman said.

"It is time we stepped up and challenged the attitudes that underpin violence against women and children.

"This is the responsibility of the whole community and extends beyond just legislation and government programs to our living rooms, pubs, parks, streets, and schools.

"I want the next generation of young boys and girls to grow up in a state where they are equals and where violence and mistreatment of women isn't tolerated."

Domestic violence groups and frontline workers say at least 44 Australian women have been killed by partners or other family members this year.

APN Regional Media, publisher of this newspaper and 11 other regional daily newspapers, has been lobbying the NSW and Queensland governments to put in place compulsory respectful relationship classes in state schools plus domestic violence-focused magistrates.

If you or someone you know needs help, phone DV Connect on 1800 811 811, DV Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.



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