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.


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.

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|

New resources available

QCDFVR has recently designed five new resources to be used as tools in assisting people affected by domestic and family violence and sexual assault. Click on images below to view individual fact sheet or click the button below to view our entire range of online fact sheets.

Online fact sheets

Key messages for practice

Practice Paper: Prevention, Early Intervention and Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who have Experienced Sexual Violence

Integrated Services Responses: A Measurement tool for communities

Sexual Assault – Myths and Facts

Domestic Violence – Myth and Facts

July 23rd, 2019|


Two of our most recent webinar videos from the Brisbane South PHN webinar series are now available online.


Working with clients with intellectual, learning or cognitive disabilities

Presented by Manager of WwILD, Leona Berrie on the 30th of May, 2019





Reproductive health impacts of domestic violence: a health care practitioner’s role in supporting women’s reproductive autonomy

Presented by Senior Counsellor of Children by Choice Liz Price on the 28th June, 2019






July 15th, 2019|



This month at QCDFVR, we join others around the country in celebrating NAIDOC Week 2019.

We accept the NAIDOC invitation to be part of a movement of the Australian people for a better future.We join those who hear the 65,000 year old Indigenous voice of our county.

Since its inception, acknowledgement of the know-how, practices, skills and innovations of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues and communities has been part of the QCDFVR tradition. It’s a tradition which we’ve had the privilege of growing with those who work to end family violence through, in particular, our hosting of the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum. We are proud and humbled to share the efforts of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have looked for significant and lasting change.

In the spirit of NAIDOC, we agree: Let’s work together for a shared future.

July 5th, 2019|

Introducing New Staff

Brian Sullivan PhD

To Dr Brian Sullivan, domestic violence is not only a gendered pattern of coercive violence: it manifests as criminal justice, public health and human rights issues, threatening the safety, freedom, and dignity of women and children.

Brian’s research interests include accountability in the domestic violence sector, effectiveness of collaborative community approaches to domestic violence intervention, identifying and managing unintended consequences of domestic and family violence interventions, and working with men for change. He began work as Senior Lecturer, Head of Program for the Domestic and Family Violence Practice suite of courses at CQUniversity in June 2019.


After 15 years working in leadership roles in the education and human service sectors, Brian undertook advanced counsellor training in the USA. He completed his doctorate in counselling and mental health at the College of Health and Human Services, University of Toledo, Ohio in 2000, where he researched readiness for change in court-mandated male perpetrators of domestic violence.

While in the USA, Brian also trained in the Duluth Model of Domestic Violence Intervention, and he has worked intensively with court-ordered men using the Duluth program.

On returning to Australia, Brian was instrumental in designing and developing the Master of Counselling Program at the University of Queensland, where he coordinated a course in Violence Issues in Counselling. Brian has also provided training for professionals in Domestic Violence Intervention Programs for men who perpetrate intimate partner violence, and with communities organising collaborative community responses to domestic violence.

He has regularly presented at Queensland Police Domestic Violence Liaison Officers (DVLO) training, and trained Probation and Parole Officers of Queensland Corrective Services annually since 2003.  Brian has also completed a review of the Queensland Police Service First Year Constables Domestic Violence Intervention Training Package, and in 2008, was appointed a White Ribbon Ambassador.

In 2009 Brian was contracted by the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project to present their three day Level 1 facilitator training and two day Level 2 facilitator training in the Duluth Curriculum “Creating a Process of Change for Men who Abuse”.

For the last three years Brian has worked at YFS, Logan, as the practice manager of five men’s domestic violence intervention groups per week. He has supervised Facilitators of the Men’s Program, Women’s Counsellors and Women’s Advocates in the Domestic and Family Violence Program at YFS, Logan.

Brian has also written a men’s domestic violence intervention program and been consulted by government and non-government organisations on integrated responses and men’s domestic violence intervention.

He is currently on the Board of the Red Rose Foundation.



June 17th, 2019|

FREE live webinar

Reproductive health impacts of domestic violence: a health care practitioner’s role in supporting women’s reproductive autonomy

In this one hour webinar on domestic violence and reproductive coercion, presenter Liz Price will:

  • Provide an overview of the sexual and reproductive health impacts of domestic violence
  • Describe the patterns and prevalence of unplanned pregnancy and abortion in those effected by domestic violence
  • Explain reproductive coercion as a perpetrator practice, and its role in the over representation of those effected by domestic violence presenting with unplanned pregnancy and abortion
  • Describe a health care practitioner’s role in screening and responding to the needs of people subjected to reproductive coercion with a specific focus on contraceptive counselling and abortion access
  • Identify practitioner resources

For further information and to register visit our events page.

June 4th, 2019|


Register now to attend this free webinar presented by Leona Berrie, Manager of WwILD.

This webinar will summarise:

– The intersections between disability and gendered violence

– Identifying when disability may be an issue impacting on your work together;

– Common communication issues and some suggested strategies to minimise/ mitigate these issues;

– Supported decision making;

– Considerations for improving accessibility for your organisation and your practice (hint: it’s not just about ramps and lifts).

Click here to register

May 21st, 2019|

Today marks the first day of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.

In Queensland each May, people from all sectors of the community raise awareness of domestic and family violence and to send a clear message that violence of this sort will not be tolerated.

The ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ report recommended that individuals, community groups and the private sector work together to help prevent domestic and family violence and support those affected. It’s not too late to play a part in ending domestic violence. Find out what you can do in your community here.

May 1st, 2019|

Free webinar coercive control

Have you registered to attend this webinar? Places are filling quickly.

Coercive Control: Invisible Victims?

The presentation by experienced Domestic and Family Violence Practitioner, Mark Walters,  will cover:

  • How framing their violence as an incident is a strategic intention of men who use violence and contrary to what women who experience their violence say.
  • How other men can describe their patterns of control in a righteous or disciplinary sense and suggest that they are “managing” everything for the families’ benefit.
  • How, regardless of how it is framed, when we work with men who use coercive violence, we need to understand and respond to violence as the women who experience it describe it; as a myriad of small acts of control and coercion that are going on all the time.
  • What the research is discovering about patterns of coercive control, how to think about it in a practical; context for those who work one to one, either briefly or over time, with controlling men and leave you with a deeper understanding of the intention and planning required to control using coercion.

*Places are limited, register now to avoid disappointment. 

April 23rd, 2019|