Director’s Message: Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month 2015

Queensland has held a Domestic and Family Violence Prevention (DFVP) Month each May since 1992 to raise community awareness of the social and personal impacts of domestic and family violence, and the support available to those affected.

The key aims of the month are to:

  • raise community awareness of domestic and family violence and its impacts
  • promote a clear message of no tolerance of domestic and family violence in Queensland communities
  • ensure those who are experiencing domestic and family violence know how to access help and support
  • encourage people who use abuse and/ or violence to take responsibility for their abusive behaviour and seek support to change.

In support of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is reminding you to Trust your instinct through its domestic and family violence prevention social marketing campaign.

The campaign aims to prevent domestic and family violence and elder abuse by prompting friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues who suspect someone they know is being abused to trust their instinct and call DVConnect for support, advice and referrals to prevent serious harm occurring.

These often hidden forms of violence are affecting our neighbourhoods, our workplaces and our communities.

The campaign supports community activities during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May and extends the focus to elder abuse in the lead up to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June.

It is without question that the month of May is an important one for all of us who work in the domestic and family violence sector. It is clearly a time to spread the word and engage everyone, young and old, to reflect on the part they can play in shaping a community where respectful relationships are fostered and expected. It is a time to celebrate the milestones on our journey to creating a society where abuse is not tolerated. It is a time to encourage others to “trust their instinct”.

Campaign website

Campaign Facebook page

CDFVRe@der March 2015

Re@der March 2015

The March 2015 issue of the CDFVRe@der is now available.
Articles include:

  • Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum 2015
  • Domestic and Family Violence Fatality Review Teams Overview
  • The Duluth Model
  • White Ribbon: diversity in action

The Re@der is available through our online viewer here.

Alternatively, it can be viewed in pdf format here.

A round table with Professor Liz Kelly video now available

Professor Kelly's recent round table with Dr Annabel Taylor, Mark Walters and Paul Monsour is now available for viewing online.

Professor Liz Kelly video now available

Professor Kelly's recent seminar is now available for viewing online.

Professor Liz Kelly is a British researcher and activist who has worked extensively in the field of violence against women and children for 30 years.

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Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month resource orders

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is weeks away and if you require resources from us, we encourage you to place your orders early. To ensure delivery prior to the 1st May, orders should be placed no later than the 17th April.

Professor Kelsey Hegarty video now available

Professor Hegarty's recent seminar is now available for viewing online.

Professor Kelsey Hegarty is an academic general practitioner who works as a professor in the department of general practice at the University of Melbourne. She currently leads an abuse and violence in primary care research program and her current research includes the evidence base for interventions to prevent violence against women; educational and complex interventions around identification of family violence in primary care settings and responding to women and children exposed to abuse through primary care and through the use of new technologies.

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Dr Frank Ascione seminar video now available

Dr Ascione's recent seminar is now available for viewing online.

Dr Ascione is widely published and an expert in the relationship between maltreatment of animals and interpersonal violence. His seminar Animal abuse and intimate partner violence: Associations between the welfare of pets and the welfare of women and children in violent environments will be of great interest to those working in the fields of domestic and family violence and animal welfare.

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Visiting Scholar: Dr Annabel Taylor in Conversation video

In late July 2014 the then Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre, Dr Annabel Taylor, visited CDFVR. Dr Taylor was then 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, then Interim Director at the Centre, and Jude Marshall, Manager of the Mackay Domestic Violence Resource Service.

Research Seminars

May 28th
Backing the Frontline: Workforce Development in the Domestic Violence Sector
Presented by Associate Professor Hillary Haldane
Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Anthropology Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut
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webinars 2015

June 26th
Keeping it real: Domestic and family violence and supporting people with intellectual disabilities
Presented by Gillian O’Brien
Community Education & Training Worker, WwILD