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Qld plan to change culture of violence

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016

The Queensland government has announced a range of measures it hopes will help change the culture of violence against women.

Domestic Violence Prevention Minister Shannon Fentiman launched the Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan on Wednesday.

The six-year plan includes $4.4 million for new sexual assault services to support women at Mackay, Moreton Bay, Inala, Ipswich and the Redlands.

The minority Labor government is also looking at legislative change, with a pledge to introduce laws to parliament targeting operators like Wicked Campers who print lewd slogans on their vehicles.

Ms Fentiman lamented the problem of violence against women wasn't going away.

"In Queensland the number of reported sexual assault victims rose for the fourth consecutive year to 4199 victims in 2015," Ms Fentiman said.

"Shockingly, four in every five reported victims of sexual assault are female."

Ms Fentiman said there was a culture of violence against women which needs to be changed.

"Two in five young people believe 'rape results from men not being able to control their sexual urges' and nearly two in five people believe that 'a lot of times women who say they were raped led the man on and later had regrets'," she said.

"If we want to stop violence before it starts we need to change these dangerous attitudes."

Other measures in the plan include partnering with other jurisdictions to limit technology-facilitated abuse, as well as amending Queensland's Evidence Act to allow adult victims of a sexual offence be treated as a special witness during criminal proceedings.

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

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