A new seminar by Dr Frank Ascione

Dr Frank Ascione

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 will be followed by audience questions. This seminar will be of great interest to those working in the fields of domestic and family violence and animal welfare.

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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.

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.

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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

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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.

Director’s Message: Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month 2014

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As Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month 2014 draws to a close, I reflect on how successful many agencies across the sector have been in capturing the attention of the media and community to promote the social and personal impacts of domestic and family violence, and the support available to those affected. As I’ve driven to work and listened to the radio, read the weekend papers or tuned into the television news, I have been both inspired by the effectiveness of the sector to harness the public’s attention, and somewhat saddened that there is still much work to be done!

From the perspective of CDFVR it has indeed been a busy DFVP month. We have:

  • participated, on average, in at least one media opportunity each week.
  • enabled the training of front-line workers from five organisations.
  • worked with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group to host the 10th Annual Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum (linking our visitors with local DFVP Month initiatives).
  • represented Queensland at the launch of the Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited (ANROWS).
  • finalised a new resource, Orders and Breaches, which will be available for order very soon.

I congratulate all who have worked so tirelessly to make this month such a successful event, and look forward to working with you over the coming months as we plan for future research seminars and the development of additional resources to support the sector in its endeavours to make our communities safer places for all of us.

Sex differences in domestic violence: recent research

On the 4th February, Dr Molly Dragiewicz (School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology) visited Mackay to present the first research seminar of 2014: Sex differences in domestic violence: recent research Dr Dragiewicz’s presentation reviewed current social science research on sex differences in domestic violence and their implications for practice, sharing tools for understanding and assessing research claims.

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Congratulations and farewell to Heather Nancarrow!

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It is with both joy and sadness that Heather was farewelled after more than a decade at CDFVR.  Heather has provided inspirational leadership as Director of CDFVR, since its establishment in 2002. Heather’s enormous knowledge, experience and expertise have been recognised and she has left to take up her new appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre of Excellence to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children (NCE) in Sydney.  The NCE is a key action under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-22.

In leaving CDFVR for new horizons Heather said:

“I most look forward to seeing governments across Australia responding to the evidence emerging from the NCE and, ultimately, a significant reduction in the prevalence of domestic, family and sexual violence against women and their children by 2022.”

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Welcome to the 10th Annual Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum: Warrior Whispering!

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The forum will be held on Wednesday May 7 and Thursday May 8, 2014 at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Alfred Street, Mackay. Last year’s Hard Yarns session was very popular, demonstrating that the audience, as well as the designated speakers, had a lot to contribute to our forum. Once again we have spaced our program so participants can have their say about each area of discussion.

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Day one of the forum will commence with a keynote address, followed by a panel discussion. The panel will present ways of working with men, and will feature Queensland and interstate approaches. Later, there will be a series of Yarning Circles, which will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about a range of issues, including family abuse and adolescent to parent abuse, and share your insights. There will be another keynote speaker prior to the Hard Yarns session after lunch...see more

Shifting the paradigm: the intersection of domestic violence, child maltreatment and child safety and wellbeing

David Mandel provides an overview of the Safe and Together ™ model and explains how Child Safety Services, family support and the domestic violence sectors can work together to keep children safe and together with the non-offending survivor of domestic and family violence.

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CDFVR has also recorded an additional video "David Mandel in conversation with Ron Frey and Heather Nancarrow". This video is available on the seminar videos page.

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.

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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.

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