Queensland urges national domestic violence plan

Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (C) has called for a national summit on domestic violence. (AAP)

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says education about respectful relationships must start at school as part of efforts to end domestic violence.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says stamping out domestic violence begins in school.

The premier says education about respectful relationships must be taught early.

"If we have respectful relationships where men and women, boys and girls are treated equally in our society we hope that down the track we will not see the likes of the tragic deaths that we saw, which were shockingly public, over the last week," she told ABC radio on Monday.

Ms Palaszczuk said she has been "overwhelmed" by offers from businesses and community groups to help stamp out domestic violence.

She said she was contacted on the weekend by someone offering to fund a new shelter for victims of domestic violence, and that businesses from around the state had also been offering help.

"I was in Cairns on Friday night speaking to some of the representatives of different banks and they were saying to me `how can we play our role? What can we do?'" she said.

"This is something that people are really taking seriously."

Ms Palaszczuk said the issue had become an urgent priority for her government after a week in which there were five attacks on women by men across Queensland and NSW.

Three women and two children died and in Queensland, one of the men shot himself.

Ms Palaszczuk said men needed to be empowered to talk more about their feelings, and they needed to be role models for each other.

"It's about being open and honest and frank, and I think men need to call other men on issues," she said.

"If you see someone in a pub doing the wrong thing, call them on it. Say `Come on mate, that's not the way you handle this'."

The government will this week try to push through new laws with tougher penalties for domestic violent offenders, and will fast-track 140 recommendations made in Dame Quentin Bryce's landmark Not Now, Not Ever report.

Source AAP

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