Qld to review sex offender detention law

A Queensland law allowing sex offenders to be detained indefinitely after serving their sentences will be reviewed and domestic violence offenders will potentially be subjected to it, the state government says.

The Legal Affairs and Safety Committee will probe the effectiveness of the Dangerous Prisoners Sexual Offenders Act by 2026 in stage four of the government's domestic violence strategy, released on Friday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says a number of other legal changes will be probed as part of the plan, which is based on recommendations by former Court of Appeal judge Margaret McMurdo's Women's Safety and Justice Taskforce.

"It includes 80 actions aimed at challenging and changing attitudes and behaviours towards domestic and family violence, integrating response systems and strengthening justice responses," the premier told a White Ribbon Day event in Brisbane on Friday.

"It builds on our progress and learnings since 2016, with a greater focus on primary prevention, frontline response, identifying patterns of behaviour, and providing safe and sustainable housing, and we shine a spotlight on making sure responses are tailored to the needs of different communities."

A statewide DV register, which would not be public, and imposing post-conviction supervision and rehabilitation orders on offenders will also be considered.

The government will change sentencing laws to make it a new mitigating factor when a crime is attributed "wholly or in part" to a defendant being a victim of domestic violence.

Making it a crime to help perpetrators commit DV offences is also being mulled, as well as making a standard provision of DV orders that perpetrators "must not counsel or procure someone else" to commit DV.

The government could make it a crime to use court processes including cross-examination to perpetrate DV, such as coercive control.

A new peak body will also be set up for specialist DV services, including shelters and perpetrator intervention services, under the plan.

Ms Palaszczuk said the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council would be extended for another four years to oversee the plan.

"We've been working hard for a long time to tackle domestic and family violence and until the violence stops, we won't stop," the premier said.

The plan was drawn up during the recent inquiry into DV policing, which released its final report on Monday.

The government said the stage five plan will incorporate recommendations from that report.

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