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|

General Practices build responses to domestic and family violence.

In 2018, the Centre delivered domestic and family violence training to over 500 staff from over 60 General Practices, health clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services in the Brisbane South region.  The training was developed through a partnership with Brisbane South PHN as part of their Recognise, Respond, Refer initiative.

During the training, General Practice staff built their knowledge on a range of topics associated with intimate partner violence, including red flags, reproductive coercion and strangulation.  Stream 1 of the training has been highly regarded, with Practices already implementing changes into their clinics, processes and practices.

In response to calls for more information, follow-up sessions will be available to give staff the opportunity to ask further questions, reflect on their practice changes and work through a clinical case study.

For more information about this initiative, please contact the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research on 07 4940 3320.

March 29th, 2019|

Responding to Non-Lethal Strangulation in Domestic Violence

At the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, we strive to share the latest evidence-based research and resources with frontline professionals working across the domestic and family violence, sexual assault, health, policing, and justice sectors.

We recently hosted a webinar with expert domestic violence practitioner and CEO of the Red Rose Foundation, Betty Taylor.  Betty’s presentation discusses aspects of responding to non-lethal strangulation in domestic violence contexts such as:

  • Defining domestic violence strangulation
  • Occurrence within an intimate relationship
  • Health impacts
  • Crisis and post-crisis health imperatives
  • How to raise the issue
  • Documentation
  • Referral
  • Ongoing check ups

To watch the webinar, click here.

March 21st, 2019|

FREE WEBINAR – Intimate Partner Violence: Supporting Women from Different Cultures

REGISTER NOW to attend an enriching webinar on Intimate Partner Violence – Supporting Women from Different Cultures.

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Jatinder Kaur, will discuss aspects of intimate partner violence impacting women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, 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, barriers and challenges associated with intimate partner violence
  • Physical, mental and sexual-reproductive trauma and treatment options specific to migrant and refugee women who are victims of intimate partner violence

*Places are limited, register now to avoid disappointment. 


March 4th, 2019|

REGISTER NOW – 2019 Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum


We warmly invite you to join us for the 15th Annual Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum.

Date:                           Wednesday 15 – Thursday 16 May, 2019

Location:                     Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Alfred Street, Mackay QLD

Registration fees:     $475-525

**EARLY BIRD SPECIAL** – Register by Friday 12th April to receive a free forum t-shirt

The two-day forum will host experts from research, practice and community to share knowledge and introduce new approaches to increase support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people impacted by domestic and family violence.


This Forum is suitable for people working in:

  • Domestic and family violence;
  • Community services;
  • Child safety;
  • Community health;
  • Indigenous communities;
  • Social work;
  • Counselling;
  • Justice;
  • Probation/ Parole;
  • Others with an interest in this area

The Forum is hosted by Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research

Why should you attend this forum:

By sharing knowledge from research and community, together we can increase support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people impacted by domestic and family violence.

By attending this Forum, you can expect to gain understanding about the different service delivery approaches required when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

The Forum provides an opportunity for workers providing domestic, family and sexual violence support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to come together to share information supporting informed practice.

The Forum will introduce new and different approaches based on research and evidence to inform practice when responding to this type of violence.

Register now at

February 1st, 2019|

Thinking of study in 2019?

Term 1 commences on the 11th March, 2019… and yes, we know… that sounds like ages away but… it’s easy to get consumed in planning for Christmas, getting ready for school holidays, or perhaps you just feel too tired after work?

Before you know it, the summer’s nearly over and February is on the horizon- so why not start planning now for a smooth transition into life as a postgraduate student?

CQUniversity offers these specialist courses:

CV74 Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence Practice

CH81 Graduate Certificate in Facilitating Men’s Behaviour Change

CV79 Graduate Diploma of Domestic and Family Violence Practice

CL23 Master of Domestic and Family Violence Practice

You can learn more about the application process to become a CQU student here.

November 23rd, 2018|

Let’s Not Forget

November is a time when we remember those who are no longer with us… whether it be through recognition of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” or the Christian calendar, which calls November the “Month of Remembrance”.  Many readers too will have encountered the Mexican tradition of “Day of the Dead”.  For those who work in the area of promoting women’s safety, it is also the month when we pause to remember the United Nations General Assembly’s declaration in 1999 of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

In more recent years, the 25th November is marked by many as White Ribbon Day, a time to challenge men to speak out against violence against women.  This campaign began in 1991 when Canadian men commemorated the second anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.  Yet the origins of the 25th November as a day to “remember” are much older, and this date has been observed in Latin America, since at least 1981, as the “Day for Non-Violence Against Women”.

This is an adaptation of a Re@der story from 2014 which bears re-telling…

It was in July of 1981 that the first Feminist Encounter of Latin America and the Caribbean was held in Bogotá, Colombia.  At this conference the 25th November was selected as a day of commemoration, a tribute to the lives of the Dominican Republic’s Mirabal sisters, murdered in 1960.  The decades since the deaths of the Mirabal women had seen Latin America dominated by dictatorships and military rule, and consequently violence against women was prevalent not only in the family and community, but also perpetrated by state security forces.  So it is unsurprising that “women delegates at the (1981) conference denounced domestic violence, rape and sexual harassment as well as violence against women perpetrated by the State, including torture and disappearances of women political prisoners” (Robinson 2006a).

Who were the Mirabal sisters?  The women were known throughout their homeland by their code name, “las mariposas,” (meaning “the butterflies”).  They were born into privileged circumstances: Patria in 1924, Dedé in 1925, Minerva in 1926, and María Teresa, nine years later.  While the older girls were quite young, Rafael Trujillo became the dictator of the Dominican Republic in 1930.  His reign was brutal, and thousands of those who opposed him were tortured and killed.  When he was a young adult, after discussion with her family, Minerva decided to resist Trujillo’s regime and with her sisters she joined an underground movement.

Meanwhile, Minerva studied law, and although she was awarded her degree, she was denied a license to practice, because she had rejected Trujillo’s sexual advances (Robinson 2006).  It has been suggested that this refusal drove Trujillo’s obsession with humiliating her: “a psychological war of fear… abuse and sexual harassment became an instrument used by Trujillo against women such as Minerva and their families.  It constituted a manifestation of absolute power.” (Robinson 2006a).

The Mirabal sisters went on to marry men who were also opposed to Trujillo and the women and their spouses experienced repeated imprisonment, and on occasions, the men were tortured.  On 25th November 1960 Patria, Minerva and María Teresa visited their gaoled husbands, and upon their return, Trujillo’s henchmen intercepted their car on an isolated mountain road.  Accounts vary as to what happened next, but the result was indisputable (Pineda-Madrid 2011; Robinson 2006a).  The three sisters, and their driver, were either beaten and/ or strangled to death by the secret agents, and their vehicle was thrown off a cliff to feign an accident.

The following year Trujillo himself was assassinated.  Manley (2012) notes that although other women were far from absent from the transition that led to Trujillo’s murder, it is arguable that the slaying of the sisters was the breaking point for his long dictatorship: this was an assault on Dominican national morality, the women’s deaths representing Trujillo’s failure to “protect the sanctity of the home, embodied symbolically by women and women as mothers”.  The fourth butterfly, Dedé, passed away in 2014, at the age of 88.  Her life was dedicated to ensuring the enduring of her sisters’ legacy, and caring for their six children.

Historical research has failed to gauge the importance of this single event in galvanizing national sentiment against Trujillo, who was assassinated six months later. This might be attributed to the fact that they were seen as women who did not measure up in importance to other events… in determining Trujillo’s downfall. Nor has their legacy been seriously examined until recently, despite the fact that they left a very deep imprint on Dominican consciousness: virtually all Dominican towns today have some commemorative marker, school or main street bearing their names. (Robinson, 2006b, 173)


November 22nd, 2018|

Domestic Violence Trainers Hit the Road

The past weeks have been all-consuming for the trainers and those who assist them at QCDFVR.  By the end of November, the Common Risk and Safety Framework (CRASF) Training will have been delivered in Brisbane, Logan, Moreton, Mackay, Cairns, and Mount Isa, with Ipswich and Cherbourg to follow in December.  As well, stakeholders in six of these sites will have had access to a tailored Professional Development Workshop, facilitated by Mark Walters, prior to the Christmas break.  Mark and Judy Pidcock have been on the road and in the air for most of the past months, taking CRASF, and other training, around the big state we call home.

It has been a feat of coordination on the part of Janine, Margaret and Maree to arrange the venues and catering for each CRASF session, and coordinate attendee registrations and trainer travel and accommodation.  Thank you to the team for a wonderful effort.

On a number of occasions I’ve had the privilege of joining in these sessions.  I continue to be inspired by the diversity of skills and talent of those who are working in the sector.  The women and children of Queensland have great champions on the frontline.  Their work is complemented by that of their counterparts, working tirelessly to hold the perpetrators of domestic and family violence to account for their actions.

Among the other learning I’ve taken from my visits to sites is how much our education and training is valued.  For example, one stakeholder in western Queensland who had just completed CQUniversity’s Postgraduate Diploma in Domestic and Family Violence Practice described it as “wonderful” and added on how much it had helped them in their role with the local High Risk Team.

A matter of days later, this (unsolicited!) email arrived in my in-box from an organisation who has accessed training from CQU through QCDFVR over recent years:

We value our relationship with Central Queensland University and we look forward progressing this productive relationship.  The leadership from CQU demonstrates the willingness of CQU to support industry partnerships that promote proactive approaches to addressing violence in our communities and to seeking to address violence against women and children.  As an organisation that works with many of the women and children who have been adversely affected by domestic and family violence we welcome the opportunity to partner with CQU and to continue to work toward creating communities where violence no longer exists.

We also value the commitment from CQU to the professional development of our employees. I have also realised that over the past few years that Judy has come to be viewed as a quasi-employee… with a number of people talking about how much they admire Judy and respect her as a training facilitator.

Meanwhile, our trainers in the Brisbane South PHN catchment area have continued to inform and enthuse the staff of general practices to play their part in recognising and responding to domestic and family violence.

In effect, this means that over the course of 2018 alone, the QCDFVR training crew has influenced a vast range of disciplines- social workers, nurses, counsellors, psychologists, teachers, doctors, and other allied health professionals and support personnel- to understand more about violence against women.  The need for more education has been acknowledged in a raft of contemporary policies, and across disciplines- but there is much work to be done!

So I’ll leave the “last words” to a neat summary from our colleagues in the social work field- where it has been recognised that it is time for

… researchers, educators, and practitioners to educate current students and veteran social workers regarding domestic violence… It has been over 10 years since social workers who were working with survivors of domestic violence and conducting research in the area issued a call to their colleagues to lead the way in addressing the issue of domestic violence and to intervene accordingly. Let us act now. The social work profession is poised to ensure that we are educating all of our workers on the history and prevalence of domestic violence as well as how to appropriately connect clients to resources, options, and appropriate intervention strategies. Crabtree-Nelson, Grossman & Lundy, 2016, p. 360


Crabtree-Nelson, S., Grossman, S., & Lundy, M. (2016). A Call to Action: Domestic Violence Education in Social Work. Social Work, 61(4), 359-362.


November 22nd, 2018|