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|


Read more about the QIFVP Forum 2020 

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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

Register now
September 30th, 2019|


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|


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

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.


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|