Qld govt defends domestic violence action

By Nathan Paull and Marty Silk

Pressure is mounting on Queensland's government to implement a raft of domestic violence reforms that have been sitting on its desk for more than six months.

It comes as the fallout continues over the brutal deaths of three people in Queensland this week from domestic and family violence.

Two women, Karina Lock and Tara Brown, were killed in separate incidents, both allegedly by their former partners, while a 52-year-old Brisbane man is in custody charged with murdering his six-year-old daughter.

Former governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce headed a special domestic violence task force and handed down her 359-page report to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in February.

Ms Palaszczuk has agreed to adopt or support all of the report's 140 recommendations, but only a fraction have been rolled out.

The premier promised on Thursday to look at fast-tracking them, but has not been able to give specific examples of which would be given priority.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said on Friday the government is working through the recommendations, which involve several departments, "as quickly as we can".

"But when you are making substantive changes in the governance area you need to make sure you are having proper consultation," she said.

Ms D'Ath said she is talking with other attorneys-general to ensure domestic violence orders are recognised nationwide.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad listed recommendations that have been adopted, including a specialised domestic violence court on the Gold Coast.

Ms Trad said two new domestic violence shelters are being built and more funding is being given to community-based legal services groups to help women and children get away from abusive partners.

About a fifth of the 140 recommendations place the onus on police, the courts and health bodies instead of the government.

Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo has implemented some changes in the courts, including the completion of a domestic violence "bench book" and the court's domestic violence best practice project.

The Queensland Police Service has been asked to develop a strategy to increase criminal prosecution of offenders and has reinstated its Domestic and Family Violence State Co-ordinator desk.

The QPS has also convened a workshop to examine best practice domestic and family violence prevention.

The Australian College of Midwives said it is working with government to develop a program to ask pregnant women about their exposure to domestic violence.

"Domestic violence is a terrible crime and sadly it escalates during pregnancy," spokeswoman Professor Hannah Dahlen told AAP.

Meanwhile, Steven Lock, the man who shot and killed his estranged wife Karina at a Gold Coast McDonald's on Thursday, died on Friday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Another man, Muhumed Samow Ali, was remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of attempting to murder his former partner with a machete west of Brisbane.

And Jessica Palmer, the sister of Ms Brown's accused killer, vowed to help raise the 24-year-old's daughter.

Ms Brown died on Tuesday after sustaining horrific injuries during an alleged assault by her former partner, Lionel Patea, on a suburban Gold Coast street.