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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.

Background

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|

Early Bird Registrations Closing Soon!

Register now to avoid disappointment – Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum

Early bird registrations for the 2019 Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum are closing TODAY – Friday 12th April.  Secure your place now to ensure you receive a FREE Forum t-shirt.

The Forum will feature speakers from research/ academia, practice and community.  Topics such as prevention, trauma and healing will be discussed.

To view the full program, click here.

 

April 12th, 2019|

Draft Program Released: Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum

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The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research has today released the draft program for its upcoming Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum.  The Forum will host presenters from across Queensland and Australia, sharing knowledge on family violence research, community initiatives and best-practice approaches.

The Forum will include the Launch of the Findings from the National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander), which will be presented by Dr Heather Nancarrow and Dr Kyllie Cripps of ANROWS (Australia’s National Research Organisation on Women’s Safety).

To view the full (draft) program of presenters, click here.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to register promptly, as early bird registrations close this Friday 12th April, and places are filling quickly.  Register now: https://noviolence.org.au/events/our-events/.

For more information, please contact the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research on 07 4940 3320 or qcdfvronline@cqu.edu.au

April 9th, 2019|

FREE WEBINAR – Coercive Control: Invisible Victims?

Free webinar coercive control

REGISTER NOW to attend a professional webinar on 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 8th, 2019|

Intimate Partner Violence: Supporting Women from Different Culture

Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research recently hosted a one hour webinar to share professional knowledge about how to respond to women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, who are impacted by domestic and family violence.

The webinar was presented by experience practitioner, Jatinder Kaur, and was attended by several hundred viewers.  Jatinder highlighted aspects of intimate partner violence including:

  • Vulnerabilities and risk factors faced by migrant and refugee women
  • Holistic bio-psycho-social assessments of migrant and refugee victims of intimate partner violence
  • Cultural, linguistic and religious factors which may be barriers associated with intimate partner violence responses
  • Physical, mental and sexual-reproductive trauma and treatment options specific to migrant and refugee women who are victims of intimate partner violence.

The webinar was made possible through a partnership with Brisbane South PHN, CQUniversity and the Queensland Government.

Watch the webinar recording.

April 4th, 2019|

Correct Use of Statistics

Misused statistics are often the focal point for discussions about violence against women. However, much of the data gathered on the prevalence of violence against women, and women’s experiences of violence, can be complex and easily misrepresented or taken out of context.

To provide guidance when using data and statistics  that refer to violence against women, we have prepared a short paper defining key terms and noting important considerations that should be made.  Read more.

April 3rd, 2019|