Welcome to the Community Door portal on domestic and family violence.

Domestic and family violence is internationally recognised as a fundamental violation of human rights; it is a distinctly gendered problem that disproportionately affects women and their children.

In Australia, it has gained prominence as a significant and unacceptable issue requiring urgent attention and action. A holistic approach is being undertaken at both National and State levels through campaigns, policy and program initiatives, research, legislation and cultural change.  

The statistics tell us that on average across Australia, one woman is murdered every week by a current or former partner, and that one in six women will experience physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner in their lifetime. 

In Queensland between 2013 and 2014;  there were over 66, 000 reported occurences of domestic violence across the state, equating to 180 incidents every day; and thirty five % of murders across the state were related to domestic and family violence.  

The impact of domestic and family violence on women and their children is profound, traumatic and has long term implications. It is the leading cause of trauma and child protection related concerns and interventions, and homelessnes for women and their children in Queensland. It is intergenerational in its impact and complexity; linked and leading to drug and alcohol addiction and abuse, long term health and disability issues, poverty, homelessness, family and relationship breakdown. 

Unlike other wicked social problems, domestic and family violence is entirely preventable. To prevent it from happening, and to embed the cultural and generational change required, we need to both understand it, and create a shared understanding of what contributes to it.

Our WATCh provides some key facts and definitions, including addressing the issue of violence against men. All violence is unacceptable, regardless of the gender of the victim; but the evidence shows a distinct pattern of gendered violence against women that needs addressing. Gender equality and respectful non violent relationships benefit the whole of community.  

At a National level, there are a range of reforms and processes being implemented under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their children 2010-2022

This process is parallel, yet interconnected with policy reform, support and cultural change work underway in Queensland triggered by the Not Now, Not Ever report.  

If you or someone you know is in fear or anxious about their partner; please call DVConnect 1800 811 811 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

 

 

 

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Applications for the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month Community Grants 2019 will close on 26 October 2018. One-off funding of up to $5,000 is available to hold awareness raising events, projects or activities during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May 2019 that aim to...
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The Queensland Government has developed a new range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources to help build awareness of the importance of seeking help and support for people experiencing domestic and family violence. The resources provide information and contact details about where to get...
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Queensland Government media release Toowoomba women who have experienced domestic and family violence are being given a helping hand to support their recovery, health and wellbeing. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said more than $550,000 over three years would...
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Do you have an idea for an event, activity or project to raise community awareness and help prevent domestic and family violence? Applications are now open for community grants of up to $5,000 to hold events, projects and activities during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May 2019...
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There have been recent changes to the minimum entitlement for domestic and family violence leave under all modern awards. As a result of the four-yearly review of modern awards, all employees under industry and occupation awards are now entitled to a minimum of five days’ unpaid domestic and family...
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Queensland Government media release Community groups across Queensland are invited to say no to domestic and family violence by hosting an event during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May next year. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said...
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A new legal service is available at the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) for people impacted by domestic and family violence. The service is operated by LawRight, an independent community-based organisation that coordinates pro bono legal services for Queenslanders who cannot...
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Q Shelter has developed a model Domestic and Family Violence Leave Policy for housing and homelessness organisations. There are two version of the policy offered for consideration. Workplace Domestic and Family Violence Leave Model Policy – full version Workplace Domestic and Family Violence Leave...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government will invest a further $12 million in to new and expanded initiatives across Queensland to fight the scourge of sexual violence. Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government will publish regular court statistics about domestic and family violence, in its latest move to bring the crime out of the shadows. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has launched the website to provide regular...

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dvconnect provides free help for women, men, children and pets affected by domestic and family violence across Queensland. Their 24 hour telephone service provides information, telephone counselling and referral to refuges for women and their children who are in danger Phone: 1800 811 811.
Centacare Central Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Service (Emerald) (link is external) Caboolture Regional Domestic Violence Service (link is external) Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service (link is external) North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service (link is external) (...
Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
The Ending Violence Against Women Queensland Peak Body provides a representative and united voice for Queensland women and children affected by gender-based violence, and the individuals and service agencies that provide specialist support. EVAWQ believe that: Violence against women and children is...
IWSS works with women and children of non-English speaking background who are or have been in violent domestic situations and/or have experienced rape and/or sexual assault. Website: www.iwss.org.au Sexual Assault Program: 07 3846 5400 Domestic Violence Program: 07 3846 3490
Brisbane Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (BDVAS) is a community based organisation that provides a free and confidential advocacy and support service for women, children, family members and individuals affected by domestic and family violence in the Brisbane Metropolitan area. Phone: 07 3217...
National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) provides information, programs, resources and advocacy to policy makers. www.napcan.org.au
PeakCare is the peak organisation for Child Protection and Family Support agencies in Queensland. www.peakcare.com.au Peak Care Professional Practise blog
Brisbane Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (BDVAS) is a community based organisation that provides a free and confidential advocacy and support service for women, children, family members and individuals affected by domestic and family violence in the Brisbane Metropolitan area. Phone: 07 3217...
These resources provide information and contact details about where to get help for victims of domestic and family violence (DFV), as well as information for family and friends who suspect someone they know is being abused. There is also information for people who use violence or abuse about how to...
DV-alert (Domestic Violence Response Training) is Lifeline's free nationally recognised training program that enables health, allied health and frontline workers to confidently: Recognise signs of domestic and family violence Respond with appropriate care Refer people experiencing or at risk of...
Legal Aid have a series of captioned recordings about Legal Aid Queensland services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. Upcoming webinars can be found on the Information for...
The Queensland Disaster Management website and the Get Ready website have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare for an emergency. As part of your preparedness and planning for weather events, access regular weather forecast updates from the Bureau of...
Funded by the Queensland Government since 2002, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR ) is supported by CQUniversity to be a resource for the domestic and family violence sector and since 2016, the sexual assault sector. QCDFVR has now been at the forefront of the...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
This paper from the Australian Parliamentary Library provides an overview of the prevalence, risk factors and cost of domestic violence in Australia. Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) notes that, in Australia, domestic violence is the most prevalent form of...
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has produced the Planned Support Guide: an approach to case management for people working in a wide range of community services. If you are a front line worker, supervisor or manager this guide is for you. The guide assists in the development of a...
Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc – have developed their YFS Service Delivery Handbook , published in 2012, which they would like to share with the Sector. Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc. (YFS) is a community based, not-for-profit organisation, providing planned, innovative...
Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research contributes to the prevention of domestic and family violence by informing, promoting and supporting the actions of individuals, communities, services and governments through state-wide leadership in research, education and evaluation...

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Power of Attorney A power of attorney is a formal document allowing someone else to make decisions on your behalf; both personl and financial. This person can apply for a Domestic Violence Order on the behalf of someone experiencing domestic and family violence. The Powers of Attorney Act 1998...
Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 The previous Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012, created additional legal protection for people in relationships experiencing domestic and family violence, as a violation of their human rights. It...
The Family Law Act 1975 (FLA) is Commonwealth legislation that has adapted to the changing nature and role of families since its inception. An overview of the amendments of the legislation can be found here . In 2011, the definition of family violence was expanded in the FLA to include coercion and...
There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...

The Womens Centre Cairns is a proudly feminist not-for-profit organisation that provides services to women and children at risk of domestic violence and homelessness. Drawing funding from the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Department of Housing and Public...

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Care Opinion is an independent, not-for-profit new web site which enables people to post their experiences of local social care services online, and in public (eg aged care, youth and disability care). ...

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