International sexual assault and domestic violence expert visits CQUniversity [free presentation]

Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence invites you to join us for a free presentation by Fulbright Specialist, Mark Wynn.

Experienced SWAT Team Lieutenant [Domestic Violence Division], Mark Wynn will visit CQUniversity Brisbane Campus in October.  CQUniversity’s Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR) is bringing Mark to Australia through a partnership with Queensland University of Technology’s School of Law.

The partnership will see Mark undertake a number of presentations and training opportunities for those with an interest in the prevention of violence against women, including police, domestic and family violence workers, sexual assault workers, academics and researchers.

Mark will do a free presentation titled ‘Sexual Assault – Myths and Misconceptions’ at CQUniversity’s Brisbane Campus on Wednesday 3rd October.  The presentation will also be lived streamed so that those outside of Brisbane can still access and benefit from Mark’s expertise.  QCDFVR Director, Dr Heather Lovatt, says

“Gendered Violence is a significant public health problem and it is impacting Queenslanders at an alarming rate.  Having Mark Wynn visit us in Australia is such a brilliant opportunity to extend our knowledge about effective responses to and support for victims of sexual violence”.

The presentation will explore:

  • The myths and misconceptions about sexual assault, including “victim blaming” and false reporting
  • How myths and misconceptions impact our beliefs, respond, investigations, pursuit of justice
  • How to overcome these barriers
  • Men’s role in prevention
  • Encouraging reporting of these crimes to helps support victims and ensure justice

Mark has lectured at universities and police academies throughout the world.  He draws upon his extensive experience in law enforcement and his knowledge of family violence; stalking; domestic violence and sexual violence.   He has also worked a consultant and an advisor to government departments, providing strategies to prevent domestic violence and support in the development of policy and training curriculum for law enforcement.

Register now to attend the presentation [in Brisbane or via live stream]

September 24th, 2018|

Our very own Women’s Activist, Terese Kingston

2018 Emma Miller Award recipient - Terese Kingston

Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research Officer, Terese Kingston, has been named the Services Union recipient of the Emma Miller Award for 2018, at a ceremony in Brisbane last Friday.

The Awards, coordinated by the Queensland Council of Unions, are named after pioneering Trade Union Organiser and Suffragist, Emma Miller.  They recognise the outstanding contributions made by women activists to their union each year.

Described as “a real change maker”, Terese is active in a variety of roles within the Mackay community.  Terese volunteers her time in union activities, committees and as an advocate for women in all that she does.  She particularly is passionate about ending domestic and family violence in the community.

Terese was honoured to receive the award, ““Emma Miller is an inspiring figure in both our union and women’s movement history, and I feel incredibly humbled by the company I find myself in with current and past awardees. No one gets an award like this on their own so I really want to thank all the strong feminist women who have supported, mentored and inspired me over the years”

Terese travelled to Brisbane to attend the Award Ceremony and was presented with the Award by Senator Claire Moore.

Congratulations to Terese and to all of the Awardees for their tireless advocacy of women –

Siva Lemisagele – National Union of Workers

Vanessa Mensah – Independent Education Unions Qld & NT Branch

Marnie Scobie – Electrical Trades Union

Margi Malezer – Queensland Teachers’ Union

Leanne Gorman – Rail, Tram and Bus Union

Tracey Bell – United Voice

Jacque Barnes – Community and Public Sector Union

Janice Wegner – National Tertiary Education Union

Gaye Kazakoff-Corr – Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union

Rachel Barley – Together

Sarah Brunton – Electrical Trades Union

Terese Kingston – The Services Union

September 17th, 2018|

Gender Equity: Professional Development for Catholic Education staff

Teachers play a central role in the early stages of all of our lives.  Importantly, they are well-positioned to shape positive gender-related attitudes and behaviours.  More than 180 staff from Catholic Education – Diocese of Rockhampton [DoR] participated in professional development with Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence [QCDFVR] this month.  QCDFVR staff discussed contemporary challenges and provided strategies to empower school staff to create cultures that promote gender equity.

“Schools are ‘mini communities’ where respect and equality can be modelled, to help shape positive attitudes and behaviours at an early stage of life. They play a central role in teaching young people what violence against women looks like and how it can be prevented.” – Our Watch

Schools are not only places of learning and social interaction for students; they are also workplaces.  With this in mind, Catholic Education – DoR invited QCDFVR to present to our student protection leadership staff from across our diocese about domestic and family violence earlier this month.

The group heard from experienced lecturers and teachers in a series of presentations.  Experienced Domestic and Family Violence Educator, Judy Pidcock explored features of a whole-of-school approach to preventing and responding to domestic and family violence, citing the need for both cultural and procedural change.

Judy challenged staff to model respectful relationships and gender equality practices across the entire school community.

Gleeson C., Kearney S., Leung L. & Brislane J., 2015, Respectful Relationships Education in Schools, Our Watch Evidence Paper, p 20.

Research Professor in Gendered Violence, Annabel Taylor, discussed the impact of exposure to domestic and family violence on children.  In particular, Professor Taylor identified contemporary response interventions as well as the implications for school communities.  Dr Andrew Frost spoke about the relationship of coercion and control in domestic and family violence within the context of school environments.

Attendees at the conference appreciated the diverse presentations from the QCDFVR team which addressed the issue of domestic and family violence through the lens of contemporary evidence.

Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence offers both accredited and non-accredited Professional Development opportunities for employers and workers.  Please contact the Centre on 07 4940 3320 or for more information, or visit our website


August 31st, 2018|

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|