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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

The 25th of November is the International Day to End Violence against Women and marks the first day of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. During this 16 Days, activists aim to raise public awareness and mobilize to end violence against women and girls worldwide. This year’s theme is “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!’ To join the fight against Gendered Violence and get your Generation Equality action Pack visit the UN Women website.

A message from our Director Dr Heather Lovatt on this important day:

“ The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism. Since 1991 these weeks have become an opportunity for individuals and organisations around the world to use their voices to end violence against women and girls. QCDFVR commemorates the 2019 16 Days by sharing the voices of Queensland champions- their inspiration, advice and wisdom shines a light on the diversity and dedication of our state’s activists.”

Follow the QCDFVR 16 Days by connecting to our social media accounts.

November 25th, 2019|

FREE WEBINAR

Presented by Dr Cathy Vaughan, Senior Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Health, Melbourne University

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3rd December, 2019

10am – 11am AEST

Violence against migrant and refugee women: risks, realities and responses

Dr Cathy Vaughan presents on the experience of violence affects women across Australia, including the many migrant and refugee women who permanently or temporarily resettle in this country.  Data on the prevalence of violence against specific sub-populations, including migrant and refugee women, are incomplete but all evidence suggests that migrant and refugee women experience violence at rates at least as high as the wider population. While the prevalence of violence against migrant and refugee women specifically is unclear, research has demonstrated that migrant and refugee women face particular and additional barriers to family violence services and responses.

This FREE one hour webinar will outline:

  • evidence about the additional forms of violence experienced by migrant and refugee women
  • the difficulties they face in accessing help and;
  • suggest strategies for ensuring policy and practice responds to the particular experiences, needs and strengths of migrant and refugee women.
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November 13th, 2019|

Our most recent webinar recording is now available to watch online.

Recently, Dr Michael Salter presented a one hour presentation based on the findings of a two year ANROWS-funded study examining current understandings and responses to complex trauma. It compared women’s and professional’s understandings of complex trauma, and the state of service delivery across health, welfare and legal settings. With a focus on barriers to collaborative support, Dr Salter presented a ‘best practice’ model of service delivery for women with complex trauma and a blueprint for policy reform at the Commonwealth and state level.

Michael is a Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of New South Wales.   His research is focused on child abuse and gendered violence, including primary prevention, complex trauma and technologically-facilitated abuse. Click here to read his full Bio.

October 23rd, 2019|

Units available for Term 3: Enrolments open now

Did you know…

You can enrol in a single unit of study if you don’t think you’re ready to commit to a full course.

If you are interested in course such as a Graduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters of Domestic and Family Violence Practice, two of the core units Domestic and Family Violence Theories and Perspectives (DFVP20001), and Domestic and Family Violence Responses and Interventions (DFVP20002) are available to study in Term 3 2019. (Term 3 commences on the 11 November 2019 and concludes in mid-February 2020.) Study application closing dates are generally two weeks prior to the commencement of each term: you are encouraged to apply before 28 October for Term 3.

You can learn more here.

Visit the CQUniversity handbook to learn more or to get started, or call Education Coordinator Colleen Gunning on 4940 3348

October 11th, 2019|

CALLING FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

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BREAKOUT SESSION / COMMUNITY PRESENTATION EXPRESSION OF INTEREST OPEN NOW

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum

Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th May 2020 | Brisbane Queensland

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR) seeks expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners in the domestic and family violence field to join QCDFVR in presenting/ facilitating a breakout session/ community presentation at our annual Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum (QIFVP).

Presenters are asked to consider the aims, reflections and ideas for their presentation and how it fits with the theme of ‘Growing Stronger’. 

Expressions of interest open 30th September and close on 19th November, 2019

Register your interest to present at the QIFVP Forum 2020

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September 30th, 2019|

FREE WEBINAR

Presented by Dr Michael Salter, UNSW Sydney

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9th October, 2019

1-2pm AEST

Constructions of complex trauma and implications for women’s wellbeing and safety from violence

Dr Michael Salter presents the findings of a two year ANROWS-funded study examining current understandings and responses to complex trauma. While the problems of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse are often discussed and addressed as discrete social problems, they cluster in the lives of women with complex trauma in ways that can render women a ‘poor fit’ for existing services. In our study, we interviewed 41 women with complex trauma about their understandings of “complex trauma” and their experiences seeking care and support. We also interviewed 63 professionals about their understandings of “complex trauma” and experiences with complex trauma clients.

This one FREE hour webinar will:

  • examine the similarities and differences between women’s and professional’s understandings of complex trauma, and the state of service delivery across health, welfare and legal settings with a focus on barriers to collaborative support.
  • present a ‘best practice’ model of service delivery for women with complex trauma and a blueprint for policy reform at the Commonwealth and state level.
Register now
September 23rd, 2019|

SAVE THE DATE

13 & 14 May, 2020

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum 2020 | BRISBANE

QIFVP is an annual event dedicated to celebrating the work done by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in preventing and responding to family violence. It is an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers to come together and learn from, share with and inspire each other.  The event highlights strategies and programs that could be used effectively by others and there will be discussions that relate to working with men, women and children who are either victims, or perpetrators, of domestic and family violence.

Are you an Indigenous practitioner working with people who have experienced domestic and family violence, and found something that works, that is bringing strength or growth to the families in your community?

If you want to share the good work you or your organisation have been doing in your community WATCH THIS SPACE ! More details of how you can showcase your work coming soon!

September 11th, 2019|

Two QCDFVR staff members to join Advisory Board of new Institute for Strangulation Prevention

QCDFVR is thrilled to have two of our own being invited to be on the Advisory Board to the new Australian Institute for Strangulation Prevention. Director, Dr Heather Lovatt and newly appointed Senior Lecturer Dr Brian Sullivan will sit on the Board with six other highly respected professionals, including chair Magistrate Linda Bradford-Morgan.

The Australian Institute for Strangulation Prevention, the first of it’s kind outside of the United States, was officially launched on Wednesday 21st of August. It has been established through the work of the Red Rose Foundation and their endeavours to raise awareness of the dangerous nature of non-lethal strangulation. The Institute aims to see specific non-lethal strangulation legislation introduced into every State and Territory in Australia. It will provide specialist non-lethal strangulation intervention and prevention training and resources to police, justice, health, probation, domestic violence and sexual assault services and sectors.

For further information about the Australian Institute for Strangulation Prevention visit their website https://strangulationprevention.com.au

Dr Heather Lovatt and CEO of the Red Rose Foundation, Betty Taylor last week at the official launch of the Australian Institute for Strangulation Prevention.
August 28th, 2019|

New Guidelines for Hospitals and Health Services working with people disclosing sexual assault

The Queensland Government has recently released two documents to assist Hospital and Health Services take a consistent and informed approach to managing the clinical and support needs of people who have experienced sexual assault.

The Health Service Directive- Caring for People Disclsoing Sexual Assault

This document encourages Hospital and Health Services to take a consistent approach to managing the clinical and psychosocial needs of people who have experienced sexual assault. This includes the person-centred provision of forensic examinations.

Directive

Guideline for the Management of care for Adults disclosing Sexual Assault

This document provides recommendations regarding best practice to support the Management of Adult Victims of Sexual Assault recognising that services can be adapted as appropriate to suit local capabilities.

Guidelines
August 13th, 2019|

Director Chairs Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence ANZ Forum

QCDFVR Director Dr Heather Lovatt had the pleasure of chairing Day Two of the Domestic, Family & Sexual Violence ANZ Forum today.

As one of the leading annual forums in Australia, it brings together key stakeholders from across New Zealand and Australia to share practical strategies and programs to create pathways to overcome domestic, family and sexual violence.

Held in Sydney over the 30 & 31 July, the two-day program covered recent government initiatives, technological innovations, protecting children from the trauma of domestic violence, first-hand accounts from domestic violence survivors, long-term behaviour change strategies with perpetrators of violence; helping victims navigate the legal system and strategies to stop sexual violence.

Dr Heather Lovatt opening Day Two of the Domestic, Family, & Sexual Violence ANZ Forum
Heather and Andaleeb Akhand, Senior Conference Manager with Aventage
Heather and OurWatch CEO Patty Kinnersly
Heather with final speakers for Day Two; Rosalie O’Neale, Office of the eSafety Commissioner & Libbi Cunnington, 1800RESPECT
July 31st, 2019|