The Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board is responsible for the systemic review of domestic and family violence deaths in Queensland.
The establishment of the board was a key recommendation from the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence Final Report, Not Now, Not Ever: Ending domestic and family violence in Queensland (Queensland Government).
Board role and functions
Under the Coroners Act 2003, the board can:
- analyse data and apply research to identify patterns, trends and risk factors relating to domestic and family violence deaths in Queensland
- conduct research to prevent these types of deaths
- write reports to identify key lessons and elements of good practice in preventing domestic and family violence deaths in Queensland
- make recommendations to the minister about improving legislation, policies, practices, services, training, resources and communication to prevent or reduce the likelihood of domestic and family violence deaths in Queensland.
In reviewing deaths, the board’s primary function is to identify issues with service systems, not investigate the circumstances of individual deaths.
The board can gather further information if necessary, and review open coronial matters and cases where criminal proceedings are ongoing.