News 2018-03-27T23:03:05+00:00

Welcome Dr Cheyne

We warmly welcome Dr Nicola Cheyne to the new role of Lecturer – Domestic and Family Violence Practice.  Having joined the Centre in 2016, Nicola moves across from our research team bringing a wealth of experience in both research and lecturing.

Nicola has worked extensively on projects in the gendered and sexual violence fields and completed her PhD on stalking victimisation.  Since joining the Centre, Nicola has worked on a number of research projects including an evaluation of police training on domestic violence and integrated responses to sexual violence.

We are also thrilled that for the first time, domestic and family violence units will be available for term 3 study.  These postgraduate units will be taught by Nicola and are available for study by distance, for students living right across Australia.  They include:

Nicola is excited about the new challenges she faces in her new lecturing position and is looking forward to connecting with students through her teaching.

August 28th, 2018|

Violence Against Women in the 21st Century – Dr Marika Guggisberg

Congratulations to QCDFVR Lecturer Dr Marika Guggisberg on the recent publication of her book Violence Against Women in the 21st Century.  Violence against women (VAW) is an ongoing phenomenon that continues to confront and impact on individuals, sub-populations and whole societies.

In the field of VAW scholarship, Dr Guggisberg’s publication is a timely one, examining issues in relation to contemporary experiences, theories and interventions.  The primary emphasis of this book is the re-situating of major VAW issues in the context of contemporary challenges and current research.

Not only does this publication raises awareness of different forms of violence, including emerging types such as image-based abuse, sextortion and online stalking, but it provides insight from research and reflects the expertise of international scholars.  The role played by cultural expectations and media representations is explored and reasons for ongoing and new digital technology facilitated abuse are discussed.

Violence Against Women in the 21st Century is aimed at scholars, students, practitioners, policy makers and interested community members. It highlights major misconceptions in the context of family and intimate relationships along with the potentially prejudicial attitudes of those who may be responding to the violence which occurs in such relationships. The reader is invited to critically reflect on the complex nature of, and responses to, women’s experiences of interpersonal violence, inequality and racism.

The author recognises that progress has been made in recent years and decades, but contemporary concerns need to be identified, challenges need to be considered to press forward, and tolerance of VAW needs to be reduced and ultimately prevented altogether.

“The revelations of courageous women who have come forward to share their stories will I hope lead to important and long overdue changes in the culture of organisations and workplace behaviours and indeed the everyday transactions of life.” 

In short, this book makes it abundantly clear that there is still a need to raise awareness about VAW, and commit to efforts to establish effective intervention and prevention approaches.

August 23rd, 2018|

The Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council visits QCDFVR

Today we welcomed The Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council members to the QCDFVR Mackay office.

We were thrilled to engage in rich discussion about the work being done to eliminate Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland.

We look forward to continuing to work in support of and in partnership with the Council, maintaining strong advocacy for action.

August 14th, 2018|

Gambling and Domestic Violence study seeking participants

The relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women

CQUniversity, its Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR), and the Australian Institute of Family studies are conducting a study into the relationship between gambling and domestic violence (DV) against women – including physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse. It aims to improve DV support and gambling help services for women.

CQU is inviting people with any of the experiences below to participate in confidential interviews between July-Dec 2018:

  • Women affected by DV linked to their own or a male partner’s gambling, or who use gambling venues as a “safe space” to escape from DV.
  • Women affected by financial abuse linked to a male partner’s gambling.
  • Men who have engaged in a behaviour change program for controlling or violent behaviours towards a female partner, and where gambling was an issue for either of them.

To find out more and register your participation please contact CQUniversity via:

The study is funded by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS).

Ethics approval numbers: CQUniversity (0000020852) and Relationships Australia NSW (111217_4).


August 8th, 2018|


Samantha Wild: Cultural Considerations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families

This presentation will explore the cultural considerations which impact on violence prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.  The presentation will explore trauma informed practice and the emerging research in cultural response frameworks.

Date: Tuesday 14 August, 2018

Time: 10.00-11.00am (QLD)

RSVP: Friday 10 August 2018


August 6th, 2018|

NAIDOC Week: 8 – 15 July 2018

At QCDFVR this week, we recognise NAIDOC Week 2018: Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July.

This year’s theme- Because of her, we can! – is a very fitting one for QCDFVR.  So often the focus of our work is in highlighting the high prevalence and complex nature of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.  Yet, NAIDOC Week reminds us to celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are making to our nation.  It’s a chance to acknowledge the role played by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in our cultural, social and political landscapes- and the fact that for more than 65,000 years they have sustained the oldest continuing culture on our planet.

July 8th, 2018|

QCDFVRe@der June 2018 is out now!

Greetings to all!

The latest edition of the QCDFVRe@der is now available via pdf here or issuu here.

Inside this edition you will find news from QCDFVR and beyond including:

  • Director’s Report
  • Education and Training
  • Domestic Family Violence Awareness
  • Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women: Final Report Executive Summary
  • Preventing violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
  • Wrap up of the 14th Annual Indigenous Forum
  • QIFVP Forum Photos
  • Forthcoming Events

In peace and kindest regards


Don’t forget to keep up to date via our new website @

June 25th, 2018|

National Reconciliation Week: 27 May – 3 June 2018

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:

May 28th, 2018|

Labour Day Service Hours

QCDFVR will be closed on Labour Day, Monday 7th May 2018.

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.

May 7th, 2018|

May is the month Queenslanders come together to say ‘no’ to domestic and family violence.

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:

May 1st, 2018|