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Our Keys to Healing Forum… at a Glance!

Earlier this month the Pullman Reef Hotel in Cairns was the inspiring backdrop for some insightful presentations and extensive networking and we thank everyone who joined the QCDFVR team in planning and delivering the 2017 Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum.

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, partners and friends and in particular acknowledge the Working Group:

  • Mr Charles Passi, QCDFVR Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group
  • Ms Shirley Slann, QCDFVR Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group
  • Ms Maj-Lis Dalton, Senior Police Liaison Officer, Queensland Police
  • Ms Wynetta Dewis, General Manager, Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service
  • Mr Joseph Oui, Social & Emotional Wellbeing Counsellor Male, Apunipima Cape York
  • Mr Carle Williams, Mens & Male Youth Facilitator, Wuchopperen Health Service Limited

For those who weren’t able to attend, here’s what you missed:

  • A meet and greet by the pool on Tuesday night,
  • A warm Welcome to Country by Gudju Gudju on Wednesday morning,
  • A greeting from QCDFVR Director Associate Professor Annabel Taylor,
  • Our keynote speaker, IWC Board Director Aunty Cheri ‘Opened Pandora’s Box’,
  • Short presentations about the state of the state,
  • Afternoon workshops addressing lateral violence, how we can make a stand and how we create peace from within by Gayle Munn and Richard McCarthy from the Lateral Peace Project,
  • A tropical rainforest themed dinner and some fabulous karaoke performances, and
  • Presentations from the field which allowed practitioners the opportunities to share their journey in the field and what they’re doing to combat domestic and family violence.

The QCDFVR team has worked for months to create this event and we were deeply humbled by the wonderful feedback from our delegates, presenters and friends:

  • ‘Seeing and hearing other people’s views thoughts & plans. Hearing about what’s happening in other places’,
  • ‘The flow of the presenters was spiritual. It was such a blessing to hear the wisdom + strength of all the presenters’,
  • ‘Learning about lateral violence and that it comes from deep within us’,
  • ‘Knowledgeable presenters’,
  • ‘Indigenous Wellbeing Centre speaker Cheri Yaru-Kama-Harathunian’,
  • ‘Hearing different perspectives on causes of DV way to prevent it’,
  • ‘The knowledge provided + discussions/comments’, and
  • ‘Meditation with Aunty Gayle’

For those who are interested in viewing the presentations please click here!

 

 

 

 

May 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Signs and Symptoms of Strangulation Factsheet available now!

As the first working week of Domestic Violence Prevention Month draws to an end, QCDFVR makes available a new resource, courtesy of our friends at the Training Institute of Strangulation Prevention.

We were privileged to have experts from the Institute join us recently and they have kindly supported our adaptation of one of their resources.

It is our hope that frontline services in Queensland will find this factsheet a useful addition to our suite of resources.

You can either download the factsheet HERE or visit the online resources page.

Please feel free to print and share!

May 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Important Information

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum Registrations have closed and no more registrations can be accepted.

This means we are NOT able to admit any additional delegates via our website, by phone, or in person.

If you have not yet registered, we apologise for any disappointment this may cause.

Please note, if you have not received email from QCDFVR in the past 48 hours, you have not successfully registered.

May 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Free Public Presentation – Cairns

Domestic and Family Violence: research from the ground up

Presented by Associate Professor Hillary Haldane

Applied research

(noun)

original work undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge with a specific application in view. It is undertaken either to determine possible uses for the findings of basic research or to determine new ways of achieving some specific and predetermined objectives…

Australian Bureau of Statistics

In this presentation Associate Professor Hillary Haldane explores responses to domestic and family violence through an applied research lens… this is, indeed, research “from the ground up”…

Where:

CQUniversity Cairns Campus

Room 3.27,

Cnr Shields St & Abbott St

Cairns Qld 4870

When:

10:00am – 11:30am, Tuesday 9th May 2017

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact QCDFVR on 4940 3320.

You can register HERE.

 

May 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Anzac Day Service Hours

Please note QCDFVR will be closed on Tuesday 25th April.

If you require emergency services, please call 000.

If you require domestic and family violence support or information, please call DVConnect on 1800 811 811.

 

 

April 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Easter Service Hours

All at QCDFVR wish our colleagues and friends a safe Easter season.

We will be closed from 4.30 pm Thursday 13th April, re-opening at 8.30 am Tuesday 18th April.

If you require emergency services, please call 000.

If you require domestic and family violence support or information, please call DVConnect on 1800 811 811.

 

April 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Free Public Presentation

Sexual Violence: research from the ground up

Presented by Associate Professor Hillary Haldane

Applied research

(noun)

original work undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge with a specific application in view. It is undertaken either to determine possible uses for the findings of basic research or to determine new ways of achieving some specific and predetermined objectives…

Australian Bureau of Statistics

In this presentation Associate Professor Hillary Haldane explores responses to sexual violence through an applied research lens… this is, indeed, research “from the ground up”…

Where:

CQUniversity Brisbane Campus

Level 4/ Room 4.07

160 Ann Street

Brisbane Qld 4000

When:

10:00am – 11:30am, Thursday 27th April 2017

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact QCDFVR on 4940 3320, alternatively you can register HERE.

Download the flyer here.

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

QCDFVRe@der March 2017 is out now!

Greetings to all!

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

Inside this issue you will find:

  • The Director’s Report
  • Revenge Porn: A Growing Contemporary Problem: a perspective from Dr. Marika Guggisberg
  • Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium at a glance
  • Current Challenges in Frontline Gender-Based Violence Services: an extract from Associate Professor Hillary Haldane’s Symposium Keynote Address
  • Research Reflections: Dr Heather Lovatt
  • Integrated Response Trial Evaluations in Queensland: an update from Dr. Heather Lovatt
  • Forthcoming Events

Registration is now open for a free public presentation by Fulbright Scholar Associate Professor Hillary Haldane. Hillary will be speaking about ‘Sexual Violence: research from the ground up’ in Brisbane on Thursday 27th April. Please register here no later than Monday 24th April.

Expressions of interest are now open to attend for the No more excuses: Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum in Brisbane. To submit your interest please click here.

Finally, we encourage you to confirm your registration for the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum – ‘Our keys to healing’. Places are limited, you can register here.

In peace and kindest regards

QCDFVR

April 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Tropical Cyclone Debbie Service Hours

Due to Tropical Cyclone Debbie the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research will close at 1pm today (Monday 27th March)  and reopen on Monday 3rd April.

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.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

March 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Happy Birthday CQUniversity Mackay!

This year CQUniversity Mackay has reached the grand age of 30 and for half of those years, QCDFVR has been a feature. Since 2014 QCDFVR has been located on the Mackay City Campus, and research and teaching staff are located there and in CQUniversity sites in Rockhampton, Brisbane and Perth. Whilst QCDFVR is a state-wide entity funded by the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, it receives great support from CQUniversity. The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences and Research Division, in particular, have greatly enhanced the scope of QCDFVR in recent years.

In fact, in recent weeks QCDFVR hosted CQUniversity’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Scott Bowman, who officially opened the Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium. We thank Scott and the VC’s Office for their contribution to the event and wish our CQUniversity Mackay colleagues and students: Happy birthday!

PS: Mackay residents can come and celebrate with us at a CQUniversity FREE family day on Saturday 25 March at the University City Campus, Sydney Street, from 10am to 2pm. There you can learn future plans for the university or take a trip down memory lane. There’ll be festivities, including live music from Django, amusement rides, balloon twisting, food and drink stalls, plus a wide range of interactive activities.

For more event information phone  07 4940 7872.

March 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Violence and bullying are never okay!

The seventh National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is on Friday 17th March.
This is a great opportunity for schools to share their anti-bullying policies, strategies and programs. All Australian schools are invited to register and join the nationwide movement to say ‘Bullying. No Way!’

So how are violence prevention and schools linked? It is has been recognised for some time now that one of the most important populations among whom violence prevention efforts can be implemented is children and young people.

This is an edited extract from Flood, Fergus and Heenan (2009), who note that in order to prevent violence in relationships and families, there are five powerful reasons to focus efforts on children and young people- and hence, schools:

1. The most obvious justification for ‘starting young’ is that it can have a lasting effect on children’s and young people’s later relationships. Adolescence is a crucial period in terms of women’s and men’s formation of respectful, non-violent relationships later in life. Males’ and females’ adult relationships are shaped in important ways by the norms and practices they take on in adolescence. Interventions at this stage can change young people’s personal and relationship trajectories, preventing problems in adulthood. Thus, early policy investment generates long-term benefits.

2. Many children and young people experience violence in their homes; one in four young people report having witnessed an act of physical violence against their mother or stepmother. In addition to the impact on families and communities, such violence also has significant social, health and economic costs, and can have an impact on later relationships.

3. Young people are already being subjected to, and perpetrating, violence themselves. As well as experiencing violence by their parents and other family members, young people – especially girls and young women – can suffer violence in their own dating relationships. Young women face high risks of violence, particularly sexual violence. Large numbers of girls and young women are forced, coerced, or pressured into unwanted sexual activity: Like violence against adult women, dating and relationship violence has a profound impact on girls’ and young women’s health and well-being. Substantial numbers of boys and young men use physical violence or sexual violence, or report a willingness to do so.

4. Among children and young people, there is already some degree of tolerance for violence against girls and women. Younger males are particularly likely to endorse violence against women, some gender norms among teenagers ‘normalise’ sexual coercion, and substantial proportions of young men continue to be tolerant of intimate partner violence. Children and young people are exposed to high levels of violence-supportive messages in the media and wider community, in a context of tolerance of violence against women by a large number of Australians. This not mean that violence prevention strategies among young people are ‘too late’, but it does mean that violence prevention strategies must address already existing patterns of dating violence and normative supports.

5. Violence prevention education among children and youth has been shown to work. After three decades of violence prevention work and research among children and young people, a considerable amount is known about both the bases or causes of interpersonal violence and the strategies that can make a positive difference. In particular, there is evidence that schools-based strategies can lessen perpetration and victimisation.

Click HERE to register now.

Flood M., Fergus L. & Heenan M. (2009). Respectful Relationships Education: Violence prevention and respectful relationships education in Victorian secondary schools, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development)

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum

It is with great pleasure that the 2017 Forum Working Group and QCDFVR have opened the registrations for this year’s event.

Now is the time to book your airfares, organise your accommodation- and most importantly!- register HERE to avoid missing out on the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum.

In its thirteenth year, once again the Forum will bring together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners from around the state to celebrate the work being done to end domestic and family violence.  You can sneak a peek at the program HERE.

This is a great chance to network with others who are working with victim/ survivors, families and children affected by this violence.  As well this year, as in other years, you will be able to hear about programs for perpetrators of domestic and family violence.  The big news this year is the re-location of the Forum to Cairns.  (You can learn more about the venue HERE, by the way.)

The Forum is now an established highlight in the calendars of workers from a range of sectors.  However, don’t take our word for it… in 2016 this is what our guests said:

  • The venue, organisation and speakers were great. Thank you.
  • All was great
  • Wonderful, a privilege to be here.
  • Venue great. Food excellent. Organisation, very effective. It has been great to connect to so many new people. Thank you. When difficult issues arise are there ways for people to ‘debrief?
  • Wonderful thank you.
  • Helpers were lovely
  • Loved it all
  • Great forum, congratulations, thank you. Venue, great set up. Speakers all worthwhile learning and interesting
  • Excellent forum across the board, needs to continue
  • Great value.
  • Fantastic conference. Thank you to the people who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes. “Well Done”
  • Fab, great, informative
  • Awesome, very well organised. Thank you to everyone who prepared, planned and implemented this forum
  • Amazing team, venue and too yummy food, Thank you
  • Great as usual
  • Very well run
  • Thank you and the organisers, presenters, well done for a successful 2016 forum
  • All worthwhile
  • Great work
  • Very good forum, looking forward to next year
  • Well done
  • Great
  • We were well looked after. Thank you for the fantastic work done
  • Great work from the hosts. Great service from everyone involved
  • Love it, love hearing from others doing deadly work. Gives me power/energy to continue this important work
  • Very good overall. Nice people. Polite and friendly workers. Hope to come back in the future #toodeadly
  • Good coordination, well prepared. Lovely people
  • Very well organised
  • Strong work yet again really informing best practice, policy and advocacy. Thanks for invite again
  • I’ve been amazed with the hard work and commitment

 

 

 

 

 

March 10th, 2017|0 Comments