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Crisis Care Pack Campaign

The team from QCDFVR, CQUniversity Mackay and local stakeholders including the Mackay Domestic Violence Service, Torque Orthodontist and Rosemary Kirkland Dental recently donated a variety of goods for our ‘Crisis Care Pack’ campaign to be donated to our Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Stakeholders and friends.

Here’s a sneak peek of Annabel, Margaret & Lauren hard at work putting the packs together ready for distribution. Thank you to everyone for their donations and Margaret our wonderful administration officer for coordinating the campaign.


July 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Call for Abstracts Now Open

New ways of working: Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum

Wednesday 1st November & Thursday 2nd November 2017: Hilton, Brisbane

Queensland’s policy and practice landscape has changed dramatically in the past two years, as is reflected in the Queensland Women’s Strategy, the Not Now, Not Ever- Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 and the Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan.

The Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum, hosted by QCDFVR is 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.

Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a 20-minute oral presentation, which addresses one or more of the Forum themes. The abstract should be no more than 200 words and outline the aim, content and conclusion of the presentation. An author biography of no more than 200 words is also required at the time of submission.

All proposals will be de-identified and reviewed by the organising group of sector representatives. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse coverage of issues related to the Forum themes. Receipt of authors’ submissions will be acknowledged by email, and authors will be advised by email of the outcome of their abstract submission (accepted, pending or not accepted).

Forum Themes

Abstracts are sought for 20 minute toolkit presentations on the following concepts:
•  Working with Women
•  Working with Sexual Violence/Abuse
•  Working with Children/Families
•  Working with Fathers

There will be three presentations per concept = total of 60 minutes per session
Presenters stay “on stage” to form a panel to respond to questions = 30 minutes has been allocated for audience engagement in question-and-answer session.

Terms and Conditions

Upon notification of acceptance of abstract, authors will be required to accept their invitation and register their attendance. A discounted registration fee will be offered to presenters. The deadline for confirmation and payment of registration fee is Monday 18th September 2017.
Presenters will have their abstract published in conference material, including but not limited to the conference blog, book of abstracts, email promotion, website and Forum Handbook.
All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.
All submissions must be completed electronically and submitted via email to If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact QCDFVR on 07 4940 3340.

Forms (please click on the title to download it)

Information Kit

Criteria Checklist

Abstract Submission Form


July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

QCDFVRe@der June 2017 is out now!

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
  • Legislative changes and information sharing without consent
  • Research update
  • ‘Just wait until you get home whore’: Gendered partner violence, stalking and the lasting effects of women victims
  • Centering structure care in the effort to end violence
  • Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum at a glance
  • Forthcoming Events

Abstract submissions for the New ways of working: Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum (in Brisbane), open Monday 3rd July 2017. Download an application form here or for further information about the forum visit the event page.

July 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

NAIDOC Week: 2 – 9 July 2017

This year’s theme Our Languages Matter is to emphasise the important role language plays in the cultural identity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Story and song have been a constant means to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to their land and to share their history, their spirituality and their rites. Today only 120 of the estimated 250 distinct Indigenous language groups that once existed throughout Australia, are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on (NAIDOC, 2017).

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages are not just a means of communication, they express knowledge about everything:  law, geography, history, family and human relationships, philosophy, religion, anatomy, childcare, health, caring for country, astronomy, biology and food” (A. Martin, NAIDOC, 2017). The interruption of cultural practices and subsequent loss of language through Colonisation; has been linked to the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in statistics on interpersonal violence (ANROWS, 2014). NAIDOC week is a time to acknowledge and reflect on the many achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but also to look at the journey we have in front of us, on the path to equality.

Celebrating and nurturing the 120 languages that continue to exist in Australia today, is not only essential to the preservation of a priceless cultural treasure, but could be considered an important piece of the puzzle in addressing domestic and family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

“The preservation and revitalisation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages – the original languages of this nation – is the preservation of priceless treasure, not just for Indigenous peoples, but for everyone” (B. Mitchell,, 2017).

For further information about NAIDOC Week or to find out about activities through Queensland please visit

June 30th, 2017|0 Comments

National Reconciliation Week

27th May – 3rd June 2017

In a month which saw us gathering in Cairns for the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum (Our Keys to Healing) we recognise the importance of National Reconciliation Week in the context of the major challenges that confront domestic and family violence response services. The stories told at the forum of communities in remote and isolated locations and the courage and determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had major implications for addressing gaps in our society. In terms of National Reconciliation Week, the theme ‘Let’s take the next steps’ highlights the issues of inequality, poverty, racism and Indigenous rights which urgently need a holistic societal approach. We value our relationship with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and look forward to supporting them and taking their next steps.

In peace and kindness

Associate Professor Annabel Taylor

Director, QCDFVR

For further information please visit

June 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Revenge-Porn: A Growing Contemporary Problem

By Dr Marika Guggisberg

“Today, intimate photos are increasingly being distributed online, potentially reaching thousands, even millions of people, with a click of a mouse” (Citron and Franks, 2015, p. 350)

Interactive pornographic websites allow people to easily share pornographic images with or without consent. Non-consensual cyber-distribution of sexual images has been referred to as ’technology-facilitated abuse’, or ‘revenge-porn’. This relatively new trend allows people to upload photos and videos onto the internet, which can be undertaken with or without the consent of the person depicted.

Before the development of internet technology, the distribution of sexually explicit images was limited. Consequently, harm that was caused was different as the pictures were usually in the hands of a small group of individuals. This changed with the purpose-built websites, which have mushroomed over the past several years. Many websites have specifically been created, which encourage former intimate partners to upload sexual images without consent. These pictures are not only obtained through ‘selfies’, but also via illegal means, (e.g., hacking into email, social networking sites or computers, and also with hidden cameras). Revenge-porn appears to be a significant problem with an estimated one in 10 women or girls being affected (Romano, 2013).

The intent of posting revenge-porn images and videos is to publicly shame and humiliate the person who is depicted. These images and videos are usually posted with links to victims’ social media profiles and emerge in Google search results, which have significant negative impacts (Citron and Franks, 2015).

Sexual double standards and victim-blaming
As with other forms of violence against women and children, revenge-porn is not an exclusive problem for women, but women are disproportionately affected (Woodlock, 2015). Emerging stories suggest that females use the same revenge-porn websites and techniques, which indicates a need for further research to understand patterns, motives and outcomes.
Female victims experience severe consequences, also as a result of society’s double standards and victim-blaming attitudes. Read Bekah Wells’ story that highlights the severe nature of revenge-porn and harm caused by those who uncritically take the perpetrator’s side:

As a victim of Revenge Porn, I am not victimized one time. I am victimized every time someone types my name into the computer. The crime scene is right before everyone’s eyes, played out again and again, and, ironically, I am treated as if I am the one who has committed the crime. I am victimized every time someone tells me that it’s my fault because I consented to the taking of the photos. But when someone shifts the blame to me, do you know what I say? I say, “Congratulations, because that’s exactly what the perpetrator wants you to think. He wants you to think I am the dumb whore who makes poor decisions. (Romano, 2013)

Victimised women often feel discouraged to seek help. Despite feeling frightened, isolated, degraded and humiliated, they may internalise victim-blaming attitudes, which is likely reinforced by those around them. Women who are victimised by revenge-porn tend to be judged by family, friends, and criminal justice officials who suggest that they should be ashamed to have been involved in the production of such pictures and videos in the first place. This women-blaming attitude shifts responsibility onto the victim, which is an all too common occurrence and neglects to acknowledge harms inflicted by the perpetrator.

Multiple and significant impacts – Experienced Harm
A major myth concerning revenge-porn is that the harm caused is trivial. Misguided assumptions prevail about the impact of revenge-porn. Having sexually explicit pictures posted online is devastating and can have a significant negative impact on the victimised person’s emotional wellbeing, private and professional reputation and financial security. It is not surprising then that many experience high levels of prolonged distress, anxiety and depression with suicidal ideation. Often, women also suffer, not only public shaming and humiliation, but also social isolation because interpersonal relationships are impacted (Woodlock, 2015).

The relationship with intimate partner violence
Revenge porn also plays an important role in intimate partner violence (Citron and Franks, 2015). Perpetrators use technology to extend their coercive control to reinforce their power (e.g. making threats of disclosure as a means of control). Women victims report experiencing sexual coercion in relation to sexting and/or producing videos of sexual activities, which suggests that the production of intimate images themselves is the consequence of intimate partner violence (IPV). Much anecdotal evidence exists that women are pressured into participating in ‘DIY-porn’ where the male partner insists on keeping the videos in his possession. It is not surprising then, that women fear that their intimate partners carry out their threat of posting the intimate images. This keeps them trapped in the abusive/violent relationship and results in feelings of powerlessness. Consequently, it is fair to argue that revenge-porn is strongly related to IPV, which extends the abusive partner’s power and control with the use of contemporary technology.

Criminalising Revenge Porn
Some professionals believe that to deter people from posting sexually explicit images onto the internet requires legislation that makes this behaviour a criminal offence. Criminalisation may send a clear message in relation to revenge porn. As a matter of fact, Victoria criminalised revenge porn in 2013, while South Australia introduced legislation in October 2016. Western Australia was the third state that implemented specific legislation. Changes to the Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2016, were made to now include the distribution of sexually explicit images without consent. Furthermore, New South Wales announced the intention to introduce revenge porn legislation. However, what is really needed is legislation at a Federal rather than State and Territory level.

Concluding remarks
Revenge porn is a relatively new phenomenon. It has often devastating harmful effects on victims because of the potential to distribute images and videos over mass communication devices. Growing evidence suggests a close link to intimate partner violence. Abused women feel entrapped due to blackmail and may feel discouraged from seeking help. Criminalisation of revenge-porn provides a clear message that such behaviour is unacceptable and punishable by law. Stigma and victim-blaming attitudes need to be challenged. One way to shift community attitudes is with legislative changes that communicate a need for perpetrators to be held accountable. This will, hopefully, also assist victims to come forward instead of suffering in silence.

Citron DK & Franks MA 2015, ‘Criminalizing Revenge Porn’, Wake Forest Law Review, vol. 49, pp. 345-391.
Woodlock D, 2015, ReCharge: Women’s Technology Safety, Legal Resources, Research and Training, viewed, 14 December 2016,
Romano A, 2013, ‘Revenge porn isn’t illegal everywhere, but victims can still fight back’, The Daily Dot, 16 October, viewed 10 February 2017,

Help is available
Women can receive assistance by contacting the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service, 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).
Further information is available here: and


Dr Marika Guggisberg is a psychotherapist, sexologist and academic. She has over 20 years experience working with children, adults and families involved with family violence including sexual abuse. Amongst other professional affiliations, she is a member of the Society of Australian Sexologists and has served on the committee of the WA Branch since 2013. She has joined CQU Perth in February this year and looks forward to contributing to research that is further examining issues of family violence including revenge porn.

May 30th, 2017|0 Comments

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


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”…


CQUniversity Cairns Campus

Room 3.27,

Cnr Shields St & Abbott St

Cairns Qld 4870


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