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End of year reflections

Kia ora koutou katoa (Greetings to you all)

For all website visitors, we wish you a safe and happy December/ January and for those in the sector who will be working during December/ January I hope this is not too stressful for you and that you get time to relax with friends and family.

Firstly, may I please remind you to update our contact details, and please pass this information on to your networks:

Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research
CQUniversity Mackay
PO Box 135
Mackay MC, 4741
Telephone: (07) 4940 3320

CDFVR will be closed from the 24th December and will re-open on the 2nd January. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff here at the Centre and those of you in the sector who have been so welcoming to me in settling into the Director role. The Centre is a fine example of how team support makes the difference and enables us to achieve our work. We often celebrate the figurehead of an event- if you think of the ascent of Mt Everest in 1953 people will probably remember Sir Edmund Hillary, but mountain climbing is a team effort and without the support of his team Ed would never have reached the summit. It goes without saying that without the work of Heather Lovatt as interim Director, Colleen Gunning our Education Officer, Lauren Pattie our Project Support Officer, Patrice Zarzecki our Administration/ Finance Support Officer, Clinton Rawsthorne our Multimedia Officer and Dr Nada Ibrahim and Shellee Wakefield our Senior Researchers- and other supporters- the Centre would not have been able to achieve throughout 2014.

Kind regards
Annabel Taylor




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CDFVRe@der December 2014

The December CDFVRe@der is now available.

Articles include:

  • Remembering the butterflies: the tragedy of 1960
  • Twenty five years later… have attitudes changed?
  • Animal abuse linked to domestic and family violence



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.

Presentation slides




The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research is growing!

In early November we welcomed two new faces to our team, providing research service and activities primarily aligned with the National Research Agenda, as directed by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS).

Dr Annabel Taylor

Dr Annabel Taylor

CDFVR’s new Director is Associate Professor, Dr Annabel Taylor, whom many of you may have “met” through her recent In conversation featured on our website.

Previously Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre, Annabel was 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 Criminal justice social work: women and domestic violence.

Dr Nada Ibrahim

Dr Nada Ibrahim

Dr Nada Ibrahim has also joined CDFVR. Nada has a PhD in Criminology, a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counselling, a Bachelor of Human Sciences (Honours) in Psychology (with a minor in Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage), and a Diploma in Accounting. Her area of expertise is intimate partner violence in the Australian Muslim community.

In the past two years Nada has lectured with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the School of Humanities at Griffith University, Queensland. Nada has been finishing post-Doctoral research with the Canadian Observatory on Justice Responses to Domestic Violence asking Do minority women's experiences with the Australian criminal justice system (CJS) deter them from accessing the CJS prior to joining us.

Shellee Wakefield

Shellee Wakefield

Finally, she’s not quite a “new face” as she joined us in July. A belated website welcome to Shellee Wakefield who has been making great inroads in her “state of knowledge” research, also commissioned by ANROWS. Shellee’s research currently includes an examination of effective domestic violence education for Judicial Officers. Shellee is also undertaking a PhD to investigate and improve police interviewing with vulnerable people, particularly those needing the assistance of interpreter services.




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! Extension of timeline

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 Monday 8th December.

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




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.




16 Days of Activism
Against Gender Violence

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