How YOU made a difference to help victims of violence

THE Queensland Premier's office has responded to your calls for domestic-violence focused magistrates and compulsory respectful relationship classes in state schools.

About 2722 Queenslanders urged Annastacia Palaszczuk to include these as part of the state's response to the increasing family violence epidemic.

The petition, and consequent letters to Ms Palaszczuk, were prompted by a campaign launched by this newspaper and 11 other dailies in the Australian Regional Media footprint across Queensland and NSW.

On Wednesday, readers who joined the online campaign received a letter from a representative of Ms Palaszczuk.

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"The Queensland Government is absolutely committed to playing its part and taking the lead on much-needed reform," the letter said.

"However, the Government cannot successfully confront the challenges of domestic and family violence alone, and will be looking to all sectors of the community to be our partners and to work together to eliminate this form of violence from our society."

Ms Palaszczuk has been reluctant to commit to any of the 140 recommendations put forward in the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence report in February.

However, she has alluded to trialing a domestic-violence focused magistrate's court and indicated money would be set aside in the state budget for other programs.


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