The Queensland Catholic Education Commission has submitted a response to the Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention State Parliamentary Committee in relation to the proposed Criminal Law (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill 2015 and the Coroners (Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board) Amendment Bill 2015.
“Although neither Bill appears to have a direct impact on Catholic schools, domestic violence is a whole of society problem, and its impact on children’s lives and learning has been identified as an important issue for Catholic education,” QCEC Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said.
“Both Bills implement recommendations made in the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence’s report, Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic Violence in Queensland, which is supported by the Commission.”
“The QCEC response has been informed by the deliberations of our Catholic Ethos Formation and Religious Education (CEFARE) committee which explored the issue of domestic violence recently through a panel discussion including representatives from across the Catholic community with contributions from Centacare, Catholic Education and the QCEC Student Protection Subcommittee.
“I thank the committee for its work on this critical issue,” Dr Perry said.