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Grants now open

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services 2015 Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month community grants are now open. Grants of up to $3000 are now available for organisations to run community activities in May 2015 to raise awareness of, and help prevent, domestic and family violence. Applications close on Tuesday, 25 November 2014.
For more information: http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/gateway/funding-and-grants/funding-available




Forum 2015: Your chance to participate!

Would you like to share your knowledge of and experience in domestic and family violence prevention next May in Mackay?

The 11th Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum will be held on the 6th and 7th May and organisers seek expressions of interest from possible presenters/ facilitators.

The Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum aims to:

  • highlight and celebrate the good work that is being done by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people themselves to end domestic and family violence

  • support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to share information and knowledge about strategies and programs that could be used effectively by others and to

  • promote opportunities for networking between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers in the field of domestic and family violence prevention in Queensland.

If you would like to share your project/ program/ experiences, please

by Friday 14th November.

Don’t forget to keep checking our website for more updates on the Forum.




Recent seminar

Dr Frank Ascione

CDFVR in partnership with The University of Queensland, UQ Social Work and Human Services was proud to introduce Dr Frank Ascione on Monday, 29th September 2014. Dr Ascione is widely published and an expert in the relationship between maltreatment of animals and interpersonal violence.

His presentation, Animal abuse and intimate partner violence: Associations between the welfare of pets and the welfare of women and children in violent environments, was followed by audience questions. This seminar was of great interest to those working in the fields of domestic and family violence and animal welfare.

Dr Ascione was the inaugural American Humane Endowed Chair, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) and is currently a Scholar-in-Residence at the GSSW. He has published articles on the development of antisocial and prosocial behavior in children, co-edited two books and authored two books. The international handbook of animal abuse and cruelty: Theory, research, and application (2008) was edited by Dr. Ascione. In 2010, he was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Waltham Foundation to study children exposed to intimate partner violence and to animal abuse.




Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland

The Premier has established a Special Taskforce to review domestic and family violence in Queensland.

Share your story

Members of the public are invited to contribute to a 'Perspectives' document, which will be a compilation of essays on the stories, ideas, experiences and thoughts of interested individuals and organisations. It is hoped this call for contributions will stimulate discussion and encourage creative thinking and new ways to tackle this complex community issue.

To share your story, ideas, experiences and thoughts about domestic and family violence for the 'Perspectives' document, read the:

Submissions will close at 5pm on Monday 20 October 2014. The Taskforce intends to publicly release the 'Perspectives' document, which will be based on a selection of contributions received, in November 2014.

Formal submissions

The Taskforce will also accept formal submissions on matters covered by its terms of reference, for consideration in preparing its final report. Read the:

To provide a formal submission based on the terms of reference read the:

Formal submissions will close at 5pm on Monday 1 December 2014 and will be considered by the Taskforce when developing its final report for the Premier.

To submit either your story or formal submission, you can:

Please include a completed cover sheet with your submission. The cover sheet includes details regarding privacy, and consent to use the information you provide.




New Reports

Findings from the 2013 National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS)

The survey tells us that we have been able to challenge a culture that allows violence against women to occur. There have been sustained improvements since 1995 in a number of areas. However, there are other areas in which progress has been minimal, along with some concerning negative findings.

View report


Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children

Interpersonal violence – in all its forms – has a grave effect on children. This report sheds light on the prevalence of different forms of violence against children, with global figures and data from 190 countries, providing insights into risk and protective factors.

View report




Visiting Scholar: Dr Annabel Taylor in Conversation video

Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre, Dr Annabel Taylor, visited CDFVR in late July 2014. Dr Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Human Services; School of Language, Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Dr Taylor’s main research interests are in criminal justice social work, with a focus on women and domestic violence. She spoke with Heather Lovatt, Interim Director at the Centre, and Jude Marshall, Manager of the Mackay Domestic Violence Resource Service.




Women and Their Children Living with Domestic and Family Violence: Principles; Problems and Possibilities

Thank you to Professor Cathy Humphreys for her informative presentation on Monday 4 August, which was hosted by CDFVR and Peakcare Queensland Inc. The nexus between child protection and domestic and family violence is of topical interest to Queensland policy-makers, service designers and practitioners from both the government and non-government sectors alike. The achievement of a better understanding and management of this nexus is seen as an important factor by all who are involved in implementing the child and family reforms arising out of the Carmody Child Protection Commission of Inquiry. This event provided the opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s leading academics to have conducted research in this area.

Presentation slides




June CDFVRe@der Out Now!

The June CDFVRe@der is now available to view online or download.

This edition includes:

  • National Research Agenda
  • State Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum
  • Regional and Local Coordinated Responses
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Pictured above: Participants at the 10th Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum




Orders and Breaches fact sheet cover

New resource available

The Domestic Violence Orders and Breaches resource provides responses to frequently asked questions regarding the nature of, and processes associated with, domestic violence orders. It has been developed in consultation with a range of stakeholders and is a useful summary of key DVO issues.

A pdf version is available here.

Print versions are now available through our resource order form.