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Taskforce to look at women’s experiences in criminal justice system

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced a wide-ranging review of the experiences of women across the criminal justice system.

The review will be undertaken by the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce, led by the Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC.

“Last month’s announcement to legislate against coercive control was just part of the work being done by the taskforce that is also going to examine the issues faced by women when accessing the criminal justice system,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“We know that the experience of the criminal justice system for women as victims, survivors or accused is different than it is for men.

“We also know that women and girls are disproportionally affected as victims of sexual assault, but it remains one of the most under-reported crimes, and only a small proportion of reported cases are prosecuted in court and achieve a conviction.

“Women also face a range of barriers when they seek help, which can draw out the legal process adding to their trauma.”

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