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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


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”…


CQUniversity Brisbane Campus

Level 4/ Room 4.07

160 Ann Street

Brisbane Qld 4000


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


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

Happy International Women’s Day 2017!

For International Women’s Day 2017, we are being asked to #BeBoldForChange.

Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world.

Did you know?  An extract from the United Nations

The United Nations has strengthened the international women’s movement and helped make this commemoration of the 8th March a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.

  • The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on 28 February 1909. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
  • The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen in 1910, established a Women’s Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women’s rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women.
  • As a result of the Copenhagen initiative, International Women’s Day was marked in 1911 for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded women’s rights to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.
  • During 1913-14 International Women’s Day also became a mechanism for protesting World War I. As part of the peace movement, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with other activists.
  • It was not until 1975, during International Women’s Year, that the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March.
  • The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995 was a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments, focusing on 12 critical areas of concern. It envisioned a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Queensland Women’s Week

Monday 6th March marks the start of 2017 Queensland Women’s Week.  Around the state you’ll no doubt encounter events and activities built around the theme of Queensland Women: Be involved. Lead the way.  Through this theme, women and girls are encouraged to participate, and pursue leadership roles, in their community and workplace.

During this week we commemorate International Women’s Day, held globally on 8th March each year. On Wednesday, Queensland women join millions of others throughout the world to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future.

As we work in our respective roles to prevent and respond to the impact of gendered violence in our communities let’s take the time to remember the women we’ve lost to violence, and the women who continue to fight every day to make the world a better place for other women and girls and their families.

However, let’s also make the time to celebrate!  Let’s celebrate how far we’ve come and re-energise ourselves in our quest to make homes and communities safer places for all.

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium… at a Glance!

Last week the Ocean International in Mackay was the tranquil backdrop for some great presentations, animated conversations and extensive networking and we thank all who joined the QCDFVR team in planning and delivering the 2017 Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium.

We really appreciated the support of our sponsors, partners and friends and in particular acknowledge the Organising Group:

  • Professor Heather Douglas, University of Queensland
  • Dr Kathleen Baird, Griffith University
  • Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Deborah Walsh, University of Queensland

Sadly Deb and Molly couldn’t join us and the hundred others who attended over the two days, and for those who weren’t able to attend, here’s what you missed:

  • A warm Welcome to Country by Mackay Traditional Owner Auntie Pat
  • A greeting from CQUniversity Vice Chancellor Scott Bowman
  • ANROWS representative Ms Jackie Burke bringing us up to date on “Queensland in the National Research Agenda
  • Amazing and challenging keynote speeches from international visitors Associate Professor Hillary Haldane and San Diego Strangulation Institute experts Professor Gael Strack and Dr Bill Smock
  • Breakout sessions around health, legal and practice themes
  • Engaging research, integrated responses and emerging areas explored in other breakout presentations
  • An afternoon of facilitated discussions: working with men or learning more about risk.
  • Poster presentations from early career researchers
  • And for the early risers who wanted to greet the day: tai chi by the sea!

The QCDFVR team has worked for months to create this event and we were humbled by the great feedback from our guests:

“Best conference I have been to in a long time… I am reinspired.  Thank you!!!”

“Would like to see this become a regular event”

“Please include me in future advertising for next year”


“Thank you for an amazing two days.  I cannot wait to return to work and share my experiences.  Wonderful venue, friendly staff, fantastic food and such awesome presenters.”

“The Symposium was put together as a ‘well oiled machine’.  The QCDFVR has a professional team that should be congratulated on the two days.”

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

Above: QCDFVR team members, from left: Colleen Gunning, Petrina Frankham, Lauren Pattie (rear), Nicole Cheyne, Anne Butcher (rear), Judy Pidcock, Patrice Zarzecki (rear), Liane McDermott, Marika Guggisberg, Andrew Frost (rear), Heather Lovatt, Silke Meyer, Hillary Haldane and Annabel Taylor.



March 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

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