National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
This year’s National Reconciliation Week’s 2018 theme, “Don’t keep history a mystery: Learn. Share. Grow.” resonates for QCDFVR when we consider the relationship between past colonisation and contemporary violence.
It is now more than a week since we gathered in Townsville for the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum. The celebration that is the Forum brings together women and men from communities in diverse locations, many of which are remote and isolated, and acknowledges the courage and determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
At the end of Domestic Violence Prevention Month, we at QCDFVR now recognise the importance of National Reconciliation Week in the context of the major challenges that confront workers in domestic and family violence services. We cannot deny that many of these challenges have their roots in past policies and practices which disenfranchised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples… sadly there is little mystery in this history.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
For Further information visit: https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/
Each year during the month of May the Queensland community comes together to raise awareness and to send a message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated. Events, projects and activities implemented during May support the Queensland Government’s response to the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ Report.
There are many ways that individuals, community groups and organisations can take action to help end domestic and family violence in our community.
Here are just a few suggestions.
Community Groups and Sporting Clubs: Promote gender equality in your community, religious or sporting club; there is a strong link between gender equality and violence against women.
Schools: Schools play a key role in breaking the cycle of violence by teaching young people how to build respectful relationships. During Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May, make respectful relationships the common theme for discussion.
Workplaces: Introduce and promote workplace policies about supporting employees affected by domestic violence.
Individuals: Learn about the various forms of domestic and family violence so you can recognise the signs of abuse and know where to get help.
For further information visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/community/getting-support-health-social-issue/domestic-family-violence-prevention-month
Early bird registrations for the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum – Language of Change end this Friday 20th April 2018.
Join us in May at the Mercure Hotel Townsville to hear from Keynote Speakers and Practitioners in the field of domestic and family violence.
Early Bird Registration includes a FREE FORUM T-SHIRT
For further information please visit http://noviolence.org.au/indigenous/forum/ or contact Petrina Frankham on 07 4940 3340.
After joining the Centre as a researcher in 2014, Dr Heather Lovatt will now replace Professor Annabel Taylor. Professor Taylor will remain at CQUniversity and has taken on the role of Research Professor of Gendered Violence, a flagship position which consolidates the University’s leadership in this field.
Dr Lovatt has been instrumental in delivering a number of key research projects through the Centre and has also previously acted as the Centre Director. .
Most recently, Dr Lovatt been involved in leading or contributing to a range of diverse research initiatives within QCDFVR, including two evaluation projects the Integrated Service Response Trial across three Queensland sites, and the Townsville Sexual Assault Response Trial.
Dr Lovatt said she is very excited about leading the Queensland mixed model research centre, where activity spans the research, education, and practice interfaces.
“Working at QCDFVR has formed a wonderful episode in my career. What’s more, I am very much looking forward to the next chapter in my QCDFVR story, leading the team towards the next decade and continuing to play our part in improving outcomes for the women and children of Queensland who experience domestic, family and sexual violence.”
QCDFVR is based in Mackay and receives funding from the Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women to undertake specific activities, and is proudly supported by CQUniversity.
For further information contact 07 4940 3320
From time to time the QCDFVR team requires “extra hands” in the form of casual trainers with sector expertise, and casual researchers with a passion for exploring gendered violence. If you have worked in the domestic and family violence sector, have training skills and experience, and some flexibility in your lifestyle- there could be a place for you in the QCDFVR casual training team. Or perhaps you have academic skills and the capacity to contribute to the diverse research projects in which QCDFVR is engaged? Does this sound like you? If so, you can submit your expression of interest to QCDFVR by completing this brief survey.
We will be closed from 4:30pm Thursday 29th March, re-opening at 8:30am Tuesday 3rd 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.
Inside this edition you will find news from QCDFVR and beyond including:
- The Directors’ Report and QCDFVR news
- Research and Education Updates
- Forthcoming Events
We encourage you to register for the following events:
Free Public Presentations by Professor Mary Koss
Hosted by QCDFVR
Including victims’ voices in response to sexual and physical abuse… the problem and the direction
Register by clicking on the following dates/locations
11th April 2018: Mackay
12th April 2018: Brisbane
Developing Integrated Responses to Domestic and Family Violence in Australia: The Next Step
Hosted by QDVSN
Where: Hilton Hotel, Brisbane
When: 8th – 10th May 2018
Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum – Language of Change
Hosted by QCDFVR
Where: Mercure Hotel, Townsville
When: 16th & 17th May 2018
Register via credit card HERE
Request an invoice HERE
In peace and kindest regards