QCDFVR welcomes Professor Hillary Haldane

Fulbright Scholar Professor Hillary Haldane has conducted research on the relationship between Indigenous rights and violence against women since 1997, and has taught at Quinnipiac University since 2007, where she directs the anthropology program. Hillary has published two books and numerous articles and book chapters on the problem of gender-based violence, as well as published policy papers for addressing violence at the international and national levels.

Hillary will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium held in Mackay in February. For further details about the symposium or to register please visit our events page or click here.



January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Register now to start your journey to enhanced practice responses for domestic violence

Domestic violence affects thousands of people in our community, one in three women has been a victim of violence at the hands of someone they know.  CQUniversity is excited to invite expressions of interest for participants in the delivery of face-to-face training (workshop) of the accredited unit CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence. The workshop is to be held at the Mackay City Campus on the 21 & 22 of February 2017.

This unit of competency is part of the nationally recognised Community Services Training Package, and applies to health and community service workers, particularly those who may seek a Certificate Level Qualification.

Focusing on key elements:

  • Adopt work practices that support interactions with those affected by domestic and family violence,
  • Identify client’s needs, and
  • Respond to client’s needs.

CHCDFV001 aims to support participants in developing or consolidating knowledge and skills necessary for recognising and responding to domestic and family violence during the course of their professional contact with individuals and families. The workshop encourages personal reflection and provides workers with practical resources and opportunities for collaboration with other professionals, so that they may respond more effectively to client’s or colleagues needs.

This unit is delivered through individual learning and a face-to-face workshop. The workshop will be delivered by Central Queensland University’s Associate Lecturer Judy Pidcock and sector training professionals.

A minimum of sixteen participants is required for this workshop to go ahead, so please register your interest by Friday the 3rd of February, 2017. Download the flyer here or call Colleen Gunning on (07) 4940 3348.

To register your expression of interest click here

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium 2017

The countdown is on to the Not Now Not Ever Gendered Violence Research Symposium, and it’s not too late to be a part of this unique learning experience.

Join researchers and practitioners in tropical Queensland for a two day exploration of state, national and global issues.

The Symposium Organising Group is delighted to welcome international keynote speakers Professors Hillary Haldane and Gael Strack and Dr William Smock, all visiting from the US.

  • Fulbright Scholar Professor Hillary Haldane has conducted research on the relationship between Indigenous rights and violence against women since 1997, and has taught at Quinnipiac University since 2007, where she directs the anthropology program. Hillary has published two books and numerous articles and book chapters on the problem of gender-based violence, as well as published policy papers for addressing violence at the international and national levels.
  • Professor Gael Strack, Esq., is the CEO of Alliance for HOPE International and oversees the Alliance’s Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. She is a former prosecutor and the founding Director of the San Diego Family Justice Center. She spearheaded much of the initial work and research on strangulation crimes from a prosecutor’s perspective.
  • Dr William Smock, MD, is a member of the National Strangulation Training Institute Advisory Team. He is a Police Surgeon, Louisville Metro Police Department, Louisville, Kentucky.

Other presentations will explore a range of issues related to gendered violence, including health, legal, practice and emerging issues and approaches.

The Symposium is designed for researchers at all levels who are working in the field of gendered violence. Practitioners and policy makers from the range of sectors associated with gendered violence are invited to share in this experience.

Register today to avoid missing out on this great opportunity!

Seats are limited and we’d love to see you in north Queensland.

Please click HERE to register.

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Happy New Year!

We wish all our readers a happy and safe 2017.

For those affected by violence and those who support those impacted, may we wish you all courage and resilience in this new year.

We look forward to creating and sharing knowledge in combined effort to make for a safer 2017.

In peace and kindest regards

January 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Christmas Wishes

The team at the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research wish you and yours a safe and happy festive season.

May 2017 bring our communities and homes closer to being violence-free!

December 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Seasonal Service Hours

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research will close on the 23rd December, re-opening on the 3rd January.

If you require emergency assistance, please call 000.

Otherwise, if you have other enquiries related to domestic and family violence please call DVConnect on 1800 811 811.

December 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

QCDFVRe@der December 2016

The latest QCDFVRe@der is available now. You can read it on issuu or download a PDF version.

The QCDFVRe@der is the quarterly publication created by QCDFVR in 2002. It contains a range of information about family and domestic violence and sexual assault.

December 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Register Now: Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium

The countdown is on to the Queensland Gendered Violence Research Symposium.

Visit Mackay in February to hear state, national and international speakers and network with others who share your interest in the research/ practice interface.

Registrations are limited: this is a unique opportunity to learn and share in a relaxed tropical location, without the “fuss” of a large scale conference!

You can preview the draft program here.

Are you ready to register?

If you have a credit card you can register here.

If you require an invoice please register here.


December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Resource Order Cut-Off Date!

In order for resources to be processed and sent before Christmas, final requests must be made no later than 9am Friday 16th December. Unfortunately, due to the busy time of year there is no guarantee that the resources will be delivered before the New Year. QCDFVR apologise for any inconvenience incurred. Please click here to make your order.

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Breaking News! Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers… we want to hear from you.

Are you an Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander worker in the domestic and family violence sector?

Do you work with Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander clients who experience or perpetrate domestic and family violence?

Do you have a program to showcase?

If you answered “yes” we’d love to hear from you!

Expressions of interest are now open for presenters to attend the 13th Annual Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum – ‘Our Keys to Healing’.


Where:  Pullman Hotel, Cairns

When:    Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th May 2017

Download the Expression of Interest form here or complete the online form here.

Closing date: Friday 16th December 2016

For further information please contact: Colleen Gunning on 07 4940 3348 or email

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

“From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All”

What if?

What if, for the next 16 days, you never encountered a news story of girls or women- somewhere in the world- being exploited, abused or killed?

What if, for the next year, no women or girls faced diminished lives because of their gender?

Wouldn’t the world be a better place for all of us?

Let’s go back to the first “what if”… and yes, it’s a fantasy that we may not see a world free from violence against women and girls between now and mid-December, but we can make another reality in the coming weeks. This is our time to join others globally to consciously embrace the notion of peace in our lives, and take action to improve the lives of women and girls.


The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign which takes place each year and runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), also encompassing other important key dates. Widely known as the ‘16 Days Campaign’, it is used as a strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

This year marks the 25th year of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, initiated in 1991 and coordinated by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership. The theme of this year’s 16 Days Campaign is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All”, a recognition that structural discrimination and inequality is perpetuated in a cycle of violence manifest in a range of settings. It is sobering to consider that every day and night, thousands of girls and women around our world face consistent threats in schools, public spaces, workplaces and homes. For many, many girls and women, the universal human right to education is a right about which they can only dream.

Acknowledged in Article 26 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and upheld in various international and regional human rights conventions and treaties, education is a public good. Yet access to education is subject to political, economic, and social shifts and upheavals, consistently leaving women, girls, people with disabilities, LGBTQI people, migrants, and Indigenous people particularly vulnerable and liable to being denied this crucial right. The UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education is unequivocal that education leads to skills and knowledge for employment and entrepreneurship, as well as gender equality, a culture of peace and non-violence, and appreciation for cultural diversity.

Let’s make education safe for all!

Adapted from: Rutgers

November 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Thinking of study in 2017?

We know that you’re really busy and that study is a big commitment.

So if you’re considering gaining a postgraduate qualification in domestic and family violence, now’s a good time to explore your options.

CQU has three courses which are available online and you can start study in Term 1, 2017.

CV74 – Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence Practice
CV79 – Graduate Diploma of Domestic and Family Violence Practice
CH81 – Graduate Certificate in Facilitating Men’s Behaviour Change

Are you interested in study but not ready to commit to a degree? You can enrol in a single unit and, subject to your results, may have this unit credited if you later decide to enrol in a course.

To find out more about enrolling in these practice-oriented courses or a single unit:

November 4th, 2016|0 Comments