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Forum registration closes soon

Don’t miss out! Registration closes Wednesday 18th October

Join us in November at the Hilton Brisbane to hear from four renowned Keynote Speakers in the field of gendered violence and over 20 presenters in toolkit presentations.  Learn more about working with women, children, fathers and families in domestic, family and sexual violence practice at this great professional development opportunity. Here is a glimpse of our keynote speakers:

Working with Women | Lori Sudderth | Quinnipiac University

Working with Sexual Violence | Jackie Burke | Jackie Burke Psychology and Consulting

Working with Children/ Families | Carolyn Markey | UCCommunities, St Johns Grammar School & Dulwich Centre

Working with Fathers | Alan Jenkins | NADA Consulting

Registration: $750.00 pp

Student Registration: $600.00 pp

Download the flyer HERE
Register now HERE

 

 

October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

New webinar video available – When the internet becomes a weapon in DFV

“When the internet becomes a weapon in DFV – looking into the relationship between sexting, revenge porn and stalking” presented by Dr Marika Guggisberg is now available for viewing.

The internet is part of our daily lives and can be a great tool to assist victims of Domestic and Family Violence (DFV). The purpose of this webinar is to inform about technology as an additional weapon within the context of IPV. It will assist in educating professionals and the general community on these new forms of DFV.

View the video HERE or on the Webinars page.

October 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Complimentary Registrations Available

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR) acknowledges that workers in Queensland’s remote and regional communities, and those located in smaller services, may find accessing training and professional support difficult.

CQUniversity has made funding available to support 10 workers to attend the New ways of working: Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum to be held in Brisbane on Wednesday 01st and Thursday 02nd November.

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible to receive a complimentary registration applicants must:

  1. Work in a service preventing/ responding to gendered violence
  2. Be able to demonstrate organisational commitment to/ support of their application

Please note: preference will be given to those who work in a Queensland service that:
-Is located in a very remote/ remote/ outer regional area and/ or
-Has fewer than five staff

Conditions of sponsorship
Applicants (or their organisations) are required to arrange and pay for their own travel and accommodation.
The Forum package includes morning/ afternoon teas and lunches on the 01st and 02nd November.  Payment for all other meals and refreshment is the responsibility of the applicant/ their organisation.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applications will be assessed on merit and their relevance to preventing/ responding to domestic and family violence, particularly in remote/ rural/ regional Queensland and or enhancing capacity in smaller services.

Applications for complimentary registrations close Friday 13th October.
Successful applications advised no later than Friday 20th October.

Apply now by clicking on this LINK!

If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research on 07 4940 3340.

 

October 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Sexual Violence Awareness Month

It happens every day around the world.  It happens in homes and workplaces and public spaces.  It happens to people who are partners, spouses, friends, acquaintances and strangers.  Is has happened to people you know and care about.  It may have happened to you.

‘Sexual violence’- it’s two words… but two words which mean a lot!

For the World Health Organization (2002) sexual violence means

any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting…

Coercion can cover a whole spectrum of degrees of force. Apart from physical force, it may involve psychological intimidation, blackmail or other threats – for instance, the threat of physical harm, of being dismissed from a job or of not obtaining a job that is sought. It may also occur when the person aggressed is unable to give consent – for instance, while drunk, drugged, asleep or mentally incapable of understanding the situation.

October is Sexual Violence Awareness Month.  This is a time- but not the only time- to:

  • raise community awareness about sexual violence
  • promote the support options available to people affected by sexual assault and sexual abuse, and
  • uphold a clear message that sexual violence will not be tolerated in our communities.

There are many sexual assault services across Queensland that provide free and confidential counselling, support and medical care.

If you are in immediate danger, phone 000 (Triple Zero) or go to the emergency department at your local hospital.

If you have recently experienced sexual violence, get yourself to a safe place as soon as possible and:

  • phone the police and/or ambulance on 000 (Triple Zero)
  • go to the emergency department at your local hospital
  • phone the Sexual Assault Helpline on 1800 010 120 (7.30am to 11.30pm, 7 days).

 

October 1st, 2017|0 Comments

QCDFVRe@der September 2017 is out now!

The latest edition of the QCDFVRe@der is now available via pdf  or issuu.

Inside this issue you will find:

  • Director’s Report
  • Research Update
  • Domestic violence and animal cruelty: a form of everyday terrorism
  • Re-storying lives through creative writing: a client-oriented approach to healing
  • Growing education options
  • Forum Program Launch
  • Forthcoming Events

Events:

Register for our next webinar ‘When the internet becomes a weapon in DFV – looking into the relationship between sexting, revenge porn and stalking’.

Expressions of interest for the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Working Group are open. Download an application form here or for further information about the working group visit the website.

Finally, we encourage you to confirm your registration for the ‘New ways of working: Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum. Places are limited, you can register here.

September 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Program Launch

It’s official!  The ‘New ways of working: Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum’ program has been launched!

Join us in November at the Hilton Brisbane to hear from four renowned Keynote Speakers in the field of gendered violence and over 20 presenters in toolkit presentations.  Learn more about working with women, children, fathers and families in domestic, family and sexual violence practice at this great professional development opportunity.

Here is a glimpse of what our keynote speakers will be sharing at the forum!

Working with Women | Lori Sudderth | Quinnipiac University

Despite the progress in requiring the criminal justice system to address gender-based violence, women around the world face substantial barriers to disclosing their experiences of victimisation.  Victim advocates face the daunting task of assisting survivors within a complicated context of individual and structural violence. This task is especially challenging in locations where

  • poverty levels are high (e.g. developing countries);
  • geographic isolation makes escape difficult (e.g. islands)
  • low anonymity inhibits reporting (e.g. college campuses)
  • communal identity supersedes individual identity (e.g. tribal communities)

These are contexts in which the classical criminal justice response may be muted or inappropriate, there tend be low rates of disclosure and reporting, and the impact of multiple layers of structural violence intermingle with the effects of interpersonal violence. The focus of this address will be on the strategies of advocates and activists to support survivors of gender-based violence in these challenging contexts.

Working with Sexual Violence | Jackie Burke | Jackie Burke Psychology and Consulting

In this interactive workshop, Jackie will explore the impacts of sexual violence on its victims, highlighting common changes to nervous system functioning and cognition following experiences of sexual violence. Recent evidence will be used to question traditional stages of intervention and participants will be invited to consider how best to respond to therapeutic needs in the initial aftermath of assault compared to longer term therapeutic interventions. Discussion will focus on:

  • Conceptualising the process of traumatisation
  • Comprehending the double bind of traumatisation and associated disrupted cognitions
  • Providing early interventions to halt the development of maladaptive cognitions
  • Balancing work to stabilise the nervous system with cognitively focussed work in responding to people who have experienced sexual violence.

Working with Children/ Families | Carolyn Markey | UCCommunities, St Johns Grammar School & Dulwich Centre

In this workshop Carolyn will present detailed descriptions of conversations she has had in two settings: with students in a school counselling setting, and with mothers attending counselling with their children in a non-government agency.  This interactive presentation will invite participants to trial a questioning technique and explore how practitioners

  • have conversations with mothers often shadowed by unhelpful guilt
  • start conversations with children and adolescents who are justifiably reluctant to come to counselling
  • speak about a family member who is loved and hated simultaneously
  • set up a foundation of safety for children to be able to speak of shaming events
  • listen for and ask about the “skills and know how” that children act upon in traumatic situations
  • ensure enquiries always cognisant of cultural politics

Working with Fathers | Alan Jenkins | NADA Consulting

This workshop will highlight and illustrate a collaborative process for assisting fathers to address and take account of family violence through engagement with an ethical sense of generativity. This requires a practical engagement with the experiences of children, desired investments in their futures and strivings for a preferred legacy in fathering. Participants will experience engagement practice which promotes:

  • the discovery and expression of men’s ethical strivings as fathers
  • exploring developmental longings and their connection with ethical strivings
  • articulating a preferred generative legacy
  • practices of restitution and restoration with children
  • working productively with shame without shaming

Tickets are limited, if you are interested in attending this inaugural event, hosted by Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR), you are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible: early bird registration closes Monday 2nd October – Register today!

 

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September 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Scholarships Announced

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) has awarded twenty (20) scholarships to support students enrolling into the CQUniversity Domestic and Family Violence programs.

The scholarship valued at approximately $11,000 includes tuition fees for two (2) units/term plus Student Services and Amenities Fees in Terms 1 & 2. Applications are now open and close on 12 January 2018.

To be eligible to receive DCCSDS 2018 Scholarship, applicants must be commencing study in one of the following CQUniversity courses in Term 1, 2018:

  • Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence Practice, and/or
  • Graduate Certificate in Facilitating Men’s Behaviour Change,
  • Graduate Diploma in Domestic and Family Violence Practice (as a first year student),
  • Be a resident of, and studying in Queensland,
  • Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or holder of a Humanitarian Visa,
  • Be enrolled at CQUniversity at Census Date of Term 1 2018,
  • Be studying a part time study load of 12 credits points or less,
  • Be studying via Distance education,
  • Not be receiving another Donor Funded* Scholarship.

‘Domestic and family violence is a complex issue that requires knowledge and education to support practice, we welcome this opportunity from DCCSDS’ said Associate Professor Annabel Taylor.

For further information about the scholarships and how you can apply please visit the CQUniversity website by clicking on this LINK.

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Child Protection Week: 3 – 9 September 2017

Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business

It’s Child Protection Week in Australia- a chance to focus attention on the fact that keeping children safe is “everyone’s business”.  In Queensland, it’s also an opportunity to remind communities around the state to take responsibility for ensuring the well-being of our children.

At QCDFVR, this week we’re shining a light on what violence against children means.  The World Health Organization (WHO) (2016) tells us that violence against children is inclusive of neglect, and like violence against women can involve physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.  For infants and younger children, according to the WHO, violence mainly takes the form of maltreatment at the hands of parents, caregivers and other authority figures.  As children develop, the nature of violence tends to change to take in peer and intimate partner violence, bullying, fighting, sexual violence, and assault.

The issue is a significant one for all of us.  Globally, over the course of their childhood, one in four children suffers physical abuse and almost one in five girls and one in 13 boys suffer sexual abuse. Homicide is among the top five causes of death in adolescents around the world. Yet despite its high prevalence, this violence is often concealed, unnoticed or under-reported.

Tragically, the effects of violence ripple beyond childhood: exposure to violence at an early age can impair brain development and lead to a range of immediate and lifelong physical and mental health consequences. At a societal level, the direct and long-term economic costs associated with violence against children erode investments in education, health and child well-being.  So violence against children is insidious- it robs us all not once but over and over, reducing the quality of life and productive capacity of future generations.

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September 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Free Public Presentation

When the internet becomes a weapon in DFV – looking into the relationship between sexting, revenge porn and stalking

Presented by Dr Marika Guggisberg, QCDFVR, CQUniversity

The internet is part of our daily lives and can be a great tool to assist victims of Domestic and Family Violence (DFV). For example, websites such as QCDFVR’s (www.noviolence.org.au) connect women, practitioners and the broader community and provide important information. However, the internet also gives perpetrators of DFV a platform to exert control over women, to threaten them and to instil a perception of omnipresence. Against this background, technology now provides a medium that enables new forms of intimate partner violence (IPV), namely cyberstalking and revenge porn, the non-consensual distribution of sexually explicit images of an intimate partner. We are just beginning to understand the wide-ranging impacts of these contemporary forms of violence on victimised women, which may reinforce victim-blaming attitudes. The purpose of this webinar is to inform about technology as an additional weapon within the context of IPV. It will assist in educating professionals and the general community on these new forms of DFV.

Where: Online
When: 10:00am to 11:00am (QLD), Tuesday 26th September 2017
What: Free Online Public Presentation
Register: Register here no later than Monday 25th September

Contact the centre on 07 4940 3320 for further information or download the flyer HERE.

 

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August 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Violence against Women with Intellectual Disability: A Quest for Specific Sexual Violence Prevention Education in Tandem

Sexual violence against women with intellectual disability is an issue not often enough spoken about. There are a number of barriers, including the recognition that women with intellectual disability are sexual beings. Professionals working with women should be knowledgeable about increased vulnerability when intellectual disability is an issue and have training in the area of sexuality and sexual violence. The article written by Dr Marika Guggisberg and her colleagues is an opinion piece that provides a strong case for us to have sexual violence training so that we are equipped to assist our clients and understand victim behaviour.

 

 

 

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August 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Registration is Open

Mark your diaries and book your travel…

The registration process is now open for the New ways of working: Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum 2017.

Registrations are subject to availability, so if you plan to attend the Forum, you are encouraged to ‘be an early bird’ and register before Monday 2 October 2017.

Price:      

Category Early Bird Registration Standard Registration
Full Registration $650.00 $750.00
Student Registration $500.00 $600.00
Speaker Registration $250.00

 

Further details of the event can be found by clicking HERE.

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August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Early Bird Registration Opens Soon!

Early bird registration for ‘New ways of working: Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum‘ opens Wednesday 9th August 2017.

The forum has been designed for practitioners who are working in the fields of gendered violence, including those who work with victims/ survivors, families, and children affected by domestic, family and sexual violence, and perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence.

FORUM THEMES:

  • Working with Women
  • Working with Sexual Violence/Abuse
  • Working with Children/Families
  • Working with Fathers

This inaugural event, hosted by QCDFVR will be held in Brisbane at the Hilton Hotel, Wednesday 1st November – Thursday 2nd November.

Visit our event page for further information.

August 7th, 2017|0 Comments